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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.

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.