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Texas National Guard conducts final roll call for 10-year-old Spc. Rowan Windham
January 31, 2017
Honorary enlistee Rowan Windham renders a salute after being presented with his own Cavalry Stetson. Windham was honorarily enlisted into the Texas Army National Guard at a ceremony held at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, March 27, 2015. During one of his stays at the Children's Hospital in San Antonio, Rowan met Sgt. David Hixson, a medic with the Texas Army National Guard. There, Rowan shared his dream of always wanting to be a Soldier and soon after, Hixson, with the help of fellow Texas National Guard members, made it all possible.

North Carolina Guard member follows in family tradition; commits to a life of service
January 20, 2017
Capt. Timothy Thomas, right, stands with his father and grandfather after graduating flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, January 2009. Thomas, a North Carolina National Guard member with 1st Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment, is the third in a line of Army Aviators and the fourth generation of the Thomas family to join the military.

Guard’s Strong Bonds program builds resiliency, strengthens relationships
January 13, 2017
Spc. Jerronn Lee, right, with the District of Columbia Army National Guard’s 547th Transportation Company, and his wife Charlotte Lee, work together on a relationship-building exercise during a 2014 Strong Bonds event in Alexandria, Virginia. Strong Bonds, a chaplain-led program, helps Guard members strengthen relationship and individual resiliency by teaching effective communication skills with each other.

Texas Guard Soldier saves life of blind man struck by car
January 11, 2017
Texas Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Dias, recruiting and retention officer for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, enjoys lunch with his six-year-old son Gavin, left, and 18-month-old Aeryn, right, at a resturant Nov. 12, 2016, in Tyler, Texas. Dias is responsible for rendering aid and saving the life a blind pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in East Texas.

Surviving wintry weather: Step carefully and wear proper gear
January 11, 2017
The most common types of injuries the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron fire department responds to in the winter are trips, slips and falls on ice, said Tobey Beagle, a fire captain with the Illinois Department of Military Affairs. Some falls can be prevented by wearing traction cleats over shoes and applying ice-melt salt to sidewalks.

Guard Your Health Launches #ClassIRecipes video series and Digital Drill Deck
January 10, 2017
Guard Your Health of the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office has introduced Drill Deck! to help Soldiers exercise on the go, with no gym needed.

Illinois Guard Soldier's invention improves howitzer safety and longevity
January 10, 2017
Sgt. Wesley Todd, of La Porte, Indiana, tightens his invention, used to remove the muzzle break from the light towed howitzer, on to a lathe in the machine shop at the at the Combined Support Maintenance Shop in North Riverside, Illinois. The device Todd invented improves Soldier safety and equipment longevity while working on the light towed howitzer.

Medal of Honor history: Ohioan who belonged to Guard predecessor was first recipient
January 5, 2017
Army Pvt. Jacob Parrott, a member of the Ohio National Guard's predecessor, was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in 1863.