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Operation Santa Claus begins in tiny Alaska villages
November 18, 2016
Togiak schoolgirls receive backpacks in the school gymnasium Nov. 15, 2016. Several donors were there as part of Operation Santa Claus, an Alaska National Guard-led program that delivers toys, school supplies and other gifts to children in Alaska's remote villages.

Counseling, family bond help Airman cope with post-traumatic stress
November 15, 2016
Retired 131st Bomb Wing Senior Master Sgt. Bob Weber credits his wife, Thomasine Weber, for providing social resiliency support to help him recover from injuries and following the loss of a fellow Missouri Guard member to an improvised explosive device during a deployment to Afghanistan.

West Virginia Airman beats cancer; completes 22nd marathon
November 7, 2016
Senior Master Sgt. Todd Kirkwood, 167th avionics superintendent, gives a thumbs up at mile 25 of the Chicago Marathon, Oct. 9, 2016. Kirkwood ran the marathon only eight months after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer.

Alaska maintenance Airman quietly excels at finding and fixing fuel leaks
November 4, 2016
Staff Sgt. Julia Meyer, a fuels systems mechanic with the 168th Maintenance Squadron, holds her respirator while dressed in waterproof overalls inside the units fuel cell at Eielson AFB, Alaska, October 18, 2016. Meyer is a fulltime technician with the Interior-Alaska unit and was recognized for her outstanding technical abilities during a recent deployment to Southwest Asia.

Illinois National Guard Soldier retires after 41 years
October 31, 2016
Sgt. Maj. Diane S. Rogers, of Girard, Illinois, with the Joint Force Headquarters thanks her family, friends and colleagues Oct. 28, 2016, for their support through her 41 years of military service to the Illinois Army National Guard, which culminated as the Illinois National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.

Colorado National Guard Soldiers, World War II veterans mark return of 10th Mountain Division to Colorado
October 28, 2016
Pioneers of the 10th Mountain Division, the 87th Mountain Infantry Battalion, training in the United States in 1941. The unit was compromised of skiers, climbers and other outdoorsmen who trained vigorously. (Photo courtesy of World War II Today)

Ohio Citizen-Soldier helps fight wildfires in national forests across western U.S.
October 14, 2016
Ohio Army National Guard 1st Lt. Nick Mossbarger of the 216th Engineer Battalion uses an excavator to help construct a section of horse trail as part of his civilian job as a recreation technician for the Wayne National Forest in Southeast Ohio. This summer, Mossbarger was sent west to assist crews fighting wildfires in South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming.

Colorado Guard relives its history at Glorieta Pass, N.M., a Civil War battle site
October 12, 2016
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elisa Locke, a teacher serving in the Colorado Army National Guard, describes to COARNG Soldiers Sept. 17, 2016, at Glorieta Pass, N.M., how First Colorado Commander Maj. John Chivington led the attack on Confederate supplies at the Battle of Glorieta Pass.

New York Army National Guard medic earns Expert Field Medical Badge
October 7, 2016
Pfc. Luke Deboer, a candidate for the Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB), prepares a simulated casualty for movement during EFMB qualification testing, which was held at Fort Drum, N.Y. from Aug. 20 to Sept. 2. Out of a field of 239 medics, 29 bested a 12-mile ruck march, a written test, simulated combat training lanes and other challenges to earn the EFMB.

Singing Sergeant continues century-old national anthem tradition
October 7, 2016
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Eric Sullivan, a baritone vocalist with the United States Air Force Band’s “Singing Sergeants”, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before an NFL football game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 2, 2016. Sullivan performed the national anthem for an audience of more than 60,800 people as part of the unit’s community relations mission.