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Former mechanic now serves Soldiers as National Guard chaplain
June 6, 2017
Army Chaplain (Capt.) Steven De Haan, with the Iowa Army National Guard’s 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, hands out a sheet of prayers at Fort Irwin, Calif., April 30, 2017.  The former mechanic says he is more suited to the chaplain role.

New York National Guard Soldiers receive state's highest heroism award
June 5, 2017
Four New York Army National Guard Soldiers who received New York's highest medal for heroism, the Medal for Valor, stand in formation during award ceremonies on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Army Aviation Support Facility # 1 in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. The men were recognized for rescuing the pilot of a light plane which crashed in flames on Feb. 26. They are, from left, Sgt. Yaanique Scott, Warrant Officer Christopher Hansen, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Pacholk and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ronald Ramirez.

South Dakota Guard mechanics play vital role for aircraft
June 2, 2017
U.S. Army Spc. Mark Heintz and Spc. Kyle Pfeifle, general mechanics with the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, Company B, 935th Aviation Support Battalion, disassemble and inspect an HH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at the SDARNG aviation facility in Rapid City, S.D., March 25, 2017. Members of the 935th perform general repairs and inspections periodically to ensure the aircrafts are safe to operate.

Civil engineer Airman builds civilian and military career
June 2, 2017
Senior Airman Samantha Ghareeb, a heavy equipment operator with the Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Civil Engineer Squadron, applies mortar to a building in Daugavpils, Latvia, in June 2015. Ghareeb was part of a humanitarian project between her unit and Latvian military engineers.

Maple Resolve 17: Aviation annual training, helicoptering done right, eh?
June 2, 2017
Maryland National Guard soldiers complete pre-flight checks on a UH-60 Black Hawk during Exercise Maple Resolve 17 at Camp Wainwright in Alberta, Canada, May 25, 2017. Exercise Maple Resolve is an annual collective training event designed for any contingency operation. Approximately 4,000 Canadian and 1,000 service members from the U.S., Britain, Australia, and New Zealand are participating in this year's exercise.

Wisconsin's Volk Field offers valuable crash and recovery training
June 1, 2017
Students attempt to lift a C-130J Special Operations Aircraft that has never been lifted before at the Volk Air National Guard base. The Airmen are students of a Crash Damage or Disabled Aircraft Recover (CDDAR) training course hosted at the base on May 23, 2017.

Mother, daughter reflect on Arizona Air Guard service
May 31, 2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Nichole Jordan, left, an aerospace medical technician for the Arizona Air National Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing's medical group, and Air Force Master Sgt. Peggy Schmidt, a supply supervisor for the wing's logistics readiness squadron, pose in front of a 1947 F-84 Thunderjet aircraft static display at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Ariz., May 12, 2017.

South Carolina National Guard celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May 25, 2017
Members of the South Carolina National Guard celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with educational displays, dance demonstrations, and food at a gathering at the Joint Force Headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina, May 24, 2017. This celebration is an event that brings people from all cultures and backgrounds together to share their heritage and customs.

Soldiers walk the walk during unique Strong Bonds event
May 25, 2017
Service members from the Arizona National Guard participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range during a unique Strong Bonds event. Events such as these have contributed to the success that the Arizona National Guard’s Chaplains Corps have experienced in connecting with Arizona Guardsmen.