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National Guard sibling Soldiers start tradition of serving
December 8, 2016
Pfc. Sam and Pvt. Jennifer Mei, both Pennsylvannia National Guard members, pose in front of a Stryker armored fighting vehicle at the Ordnance School Nov. 17, 2016. Sam graduated from the17-week  course Nov. 22.  Jennifer is scheduled to complete the course in March.  Another sibling, Milton, 19, is also undergoing training at Fort Lee.

South Carolina National Guard preserving state history, environment
December 7, 2016
South Carolina Army National Guard hosts a team of archaeologists and conservation managers as they work at McCrady Training Center, Eastover, S.C., Feb. 2, 2016. After the historic flood of October 2015, drastic erosion exposed old transportation systems and disrupted construction timbers in a hollow core dam.  James Spirek and Joe Beatty, state underwater archaeologists measure distances between logs that built the dam.

Air National Guard 'cable guys' are saving U.S. Strategic Command millions on project
December 6, 2016
A team of Air National Guard members working on a project for the U.S. Strategic Command is saving STRATCOM millions of dollars. The project at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is running about 600 miles of cable for the Strategic Command.

Air National Guard volunteers help load Trees for Troops
December 2, 2016
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kyle Defeo helps Sally Ellms pack holiday ornaments and wishes into a Christmas Tree during the loading of donated trees November 29, 2016 in support of Trees for Troops at Ellms Tree Farm in Ballston Spa, N.Y. More than 20 Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing based in Scotia, N.Y., helped ship some 130 holiday trees with donated ornaments and holiday wishes.

Commentary: Texas Guard looks out for one of its own - a young honorary member
November 30, 2016
Washington National Guard members visit with Rowan Windham, right, an honorary member of the Texas National Guard, at Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington, Oct. 28, 2016. Texas Command Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Weedon asked the Washington National Guard to visit Rowan on behalf of Texas.

Dreams of flying, serving others inspire South Dakota Soldiers to become pilots
November 30, 2016
U.S. Army Capt. Brittany Pearson and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Damon Lappe are HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter pilots with Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, South Dakota Army National Guard, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rapid City, S.D., Nov. 5, 2016. Pearson and Lappe made their dream of flying a reality by serving in the SDARNG.

South Carolina Guard member finds meaning of Thanksgiving amid wildfire crews
November 29, 2016
Soldiers with the 59th Aviation Troop Command continued their support of the South Carolina wildfires over Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016, with CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters used to pour water on the fires with a Bambi Bucket.

Illinois Air Guard band member uses musical skills to honor dying vets
November 25, 2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Carrie Gatz, an instrumentalist with the 566th Air Force Band, Illinois Air National Guard, plays guitar for a hospice patient at her civilian job Sept. 11, 2013. Gatz has served in the Air National Guard since 2004.

Youth Challenge participants offered 'day of service' to mark anniversary
November 22, 2016
Oregon Youth Challenge cadets at the snack table after donating blood during the American Red Cross blood drive, Oct. 1, 2016, in Bend, Ore.
Photo taken by the Student Body President Daisy Ochoa.

California Guard MPs entertain and inform young visitors
November 21, 2016
Students and faculty from Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center in Sherman Oaks, California, speak to a Soldier from the 270th Military Police Company, 49th Military Police Brigade, California Army National Guard, prior to start of Vigilant Guard 17 at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) California Task Force 1, Los Angeles.