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Buffalo Army National Guard Unit honored for unit video by New York's adjutant general
December 29, 2015
New York Army National Guard's 152nd Engineer Company, recipients of the New York National Guard's 2015 best unit video award for their production highlighting unit annual training, disaster response operations, unique engineer competitions and the organization's family readiness program.

Louisiana engineer company and families have their best Christmas ever
December 28, 2015
Staff Sgt. Chad Lawless, of Swartz, La., kisses his wife, Angela, and hugs his daughter, Lily, 4, and sons, Luke, 2, and Levi, 6 months. Lawless met Levi for the first time in person at the welcome-home event in Monroe, La., Dec. 24, 2015. More than 150 members of the Louisiana National Guard’s 1023rd Engineer Company, 528th Engineer Battalion just completed a 10-month deployment to Kuwait, with additional missions to Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

New York Air National Guard will help NORAD track Santa on Christmas Eve
December 21, 2015
Staff Sgt. Tom Silva and Staff Sgt. Rachael Alcorta practice Santa tracking at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. EADS plays a supporting role in NORAD's annual Santa tracking.

50 years ago, Air National Guard brought Christmas to troops in Vietnam
December 18, 2015
A U.S. Army ground crew unloads Christmas gifts from a Georgia Air National Guard C-97.  The aircraft was one of approximately 80 Air National Guard planes to participate in Operation Christmas Star.

NORAD continues the 60-year tradition of tracking Santa
December 14, 2015
Volunteer tracker Matthew Harvey joined his mother Col. Tina Harvey to help answer emails from children and parents across the globe while at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado., Dec. 24, 2014.

Pa. flight medic departs for fifth deployment
December 14, 2015
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Kwiecien, a flight medic with nearly 20 years of service, is deploying to Southwest Asia soon with Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment, where he will serve as noncommissioned officer in charge of the unit.

Meals, ready-to-savor: Student chefs show cooking chops with Army chow
December 10, 2015
Student chefs  wait in anticipation as New York Army National Guard culinary specialists Sgt. Duwann Gordon, middle, and Pvt. Yorby Fernandez (right) judge a meal the students prepared using MRE food components at a Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) vocational education facility in Goshen, New York, Dec. 4, 2015. The students prepared meals with MREs as part of a New York Army National Guard educational challenge designed to test their skills and familiarize them with Army careers. The students chefs are, from left: Tyra Chase, a Middletown High School junior; Tushana Clarke and Nina Lucas, both juniors at Port Jervis High School.

Retired Air Force colonel and former POW speaks on the power of a positive attitude
December 10, 2015
Retired U. S. Air Force Col. Ed Hubbard presents a limited edition lithograph that he painted in the early 1980s to 153rd Airlift Wing Commander Col. Bradley Swanson. Hubbard detailed his experiences as a POW and provided insight on keeping a positive attitude during captivity.

Jersey Airman sleuths out WWII Belgian crash site of great-uncle
December 8, 2015
From left, Gaston Mean, an Awyaille, Belgium, resident for more than 70 years, sits with U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James McCloskey, and Mean's wife, in the living room of the Belgian home of the Mean family, Aug. 12, 2015.

New York National Guard honors President Martin Van Buren, who gave the world 'OK'
December 8, 2015
A wreath from President Barack Obama takes pride of place among a number of wreaths placed at the gravesite of President Martin Van Buren at the Dutch Reformed Cemetery in Kinderhook, New York, during a ceremony honoring the eighth president on Dec. 5, 2015, the 233rd anniversary of his birth.