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Department Builds on Stryker Experience to Support Extended Guard Unit
January 12, 2007

"Surge" extends Minnesota Guard unit's Iraq tour up to 125 days
January 11, 2007
More than 4,000 troops of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division assemble in the shape of the "Red Bull" unit crest during a special formation at their farewell ceremony at Camp Shelby, Miss., March 16, 2006, before their deployment to Iraq. The unit has been extended for up to 125 days on Thursday as part of President George W. Bush's new strategy for Iraq.

Texas National Guard Team Puts Training to Good Use
January 10, 2007
Members of the 6th Civil Support Team in full protective gear ride a Gator, a rugged motorized vehicle, in downtown Austin, Texas, on Jan. 8. The team responded to a report of 60 dead birds in the urban area.

Hudson represents all enlisted members of transformed Guard
January 9, 2007
Command Sgt. Maj. David Hudson, right, the senior enlisted advisor to LTG H Steven Blum, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, talks with a Coast Guard member during a visit to National Guard troops deployed to Joint Task Force-Guantanamo on Nov. 15, 2006.

Honors from ‘sea to shining sea’
January 5, 2007
Soldiers of the Michigan Army National Guard's 126th Army Band march to their position during a practice session for former President Gerald Ford's funeral in Grand Rapids, Mich., Dec. 31, 2006. The funeral will be held Jan. 3, 2007.

National Guard rescues people, cattle after severe winter storms
January 5, 2007
Wyoming Air National Guard loadmasters aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft watch as a 1-ton hay bale lands near a herd of cows during an emergency feeding mission in southeast Colorado Jan. 3, 2007. The hay is being dropped near La Junta, Colo., to help feed livestock that have been stranded from a snow storm that has impacted the area.

Squad runs gamut of convoy escort missions
January 4, 2007
Semi trucks and trailers escorted by Soldiers of Company B, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, stretch for several miles during a security halt on Nov. 27 on this road in western Iraq.

Platoon's mission changes for the better
January 4, 2007
Sgt. Ed Raati of Chisholm, Minn., (left), Sgt. Danny Kraskey of Grand Rapids, Minn., Sgt. Brandon Combs of Horace, N.D., and Staff Sgt. Bradley Lahti of Robbinsdale, Minn., wait for cars to approach them to be searched Dec. 13 near Logistical Support Area Anaconda. All are Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 136th Combined Arms Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

Retired Kentucky Guard Soldier helps expand Freedom Calls program for families
January 4, 2007
Retired Master Sgt Tom Gavin and his family talk with son, Spc. Matthew Gavin, currently serving with Kentucky Army National Guard's 198th Military Police Bde., in Afghanistan, during the Freedom Calls event held Dec. 16 at Freedom Hall in Louisville.

Minnesotan Trades Crown for Cammies
January 1, 2007
Army SPC. Jessica Gaulke poses with Ted Zwieg, commodore of the Minneapolis Aquatennial, during her candidacy for 2007 Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes.

National Guard Responds to Second Colorado Storm
December 29, 2006

Michigan Guard Members Prepare for President Ford's Burial
December 29, 2006
A makeshift memorial is set up in front of the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Mortar Operations in Fallujah, Iraq
December 28, 2006
Spc. Anthony Sanborn of Alexandria, Minn., (center) checks the fuse setting of a 120 millimeter mortar as Spc. Steven Luitjens of St. Cloud, Minn., (right) tells him which setting to use during a drill earlier this month at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Spc. Chris Colliflower of Roseau, Minn., is at the left. All Soldiers are from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 136th Combined Arms Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

Puerto Rico Guardsmen experience combat up close
December 27, 2006
Pilot First Lt. Jose Fernandez (left) and loadmaster Staff Sgt. Victor Vega stand before their C-130 Hercules at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico, Dec. 15. The Airmen had just returned home after a four-country mission to Central and South American and the Caribbean. The two were also among the first members of the 156th Airlift Wing to deploy their cargo planes to Afghanistan.

Deployment in Iraq is a family affair for Kentucky National Guard unit
December 27, 2006
Sgt. Chris Tarter and Staff Sgt. William Wagoner

370th birthday painting captures Guard’s history since 9/11
December 21, 2006
Springfield, Mo., artist John Fulton and his wife Billie display "Our Legacy is Freedom", a watercolor they created to honor the men and women of the Army National Guard and their families.

National Guard aids victims of holiday winter storm
December 21, 2006

Military Aircrews Continue Supporting Mount Hood Rescue Effort
December 19, 2006
Lt. Col. Caesar Garduno receives coordinates while flying over Mt. Hood, Ore., Dec. 16. Colonel Garduno and his Air National Guard crew were joined by an Air Force Reserve pararescueman searching for three missing climbers. The colonel is a C-130 pilot from the 152nd Airlift Wing in Nevada.

Defense secretary recognizes Guard's Katrina response
December 15, 2006
Donald Rumsfeld awards the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to LTG H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, at the Pentagon Dec. 13 during Rumsfeld's final week as secretary of defense. Rumsfeld paid tribute to the National Guard's overwhelming response to Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.

Montenegro partners with Maine National Guard
December 14, 2006
Maj. Gen. John Libby, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, and LTG H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, present a book about Maine to Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Dec. 7, 2006. The Maine National Guard and Montenegro formally announced their pairing in the National Guard’s State Partnership Program on Dec. 7.