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Therapy dog puts Airmen at ease
October 30, 2019
Staff Sgt. Lynn Pilj, 168th Maintenance Squadron unit training manager, spends time with Kansas, the Alaska Air National Guard 168th Wing therapy dog at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 22, 2019. Kansas works with the 168th Wing's director of psychological health, Jane Lorenz, to break down interpersonal barriers and help Airmen connect with one another.

Friends devote decades to Honor Guard
October 29, 2019
Tech. Sgt. Mark Crabbe and Staff Sgt. Darrell Bactad, 204th Airlift Squadron information managers, practice Honor Guard ceremonial movements Oct. 4, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The friends have performed military ceremonies side-by-side in the Hawaii Air National Guard Honor Guard team since the early 2000s. Bactad joined the Honor Guard when it was established in 1999 and Crabbe joined two years later.

Alaska Air National Guard rescues bear-mauling victim
October 29, 2019
Alaska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Katelyn Magnuson, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center senior search-and-rescue controller, took the call and was responsible for planning for and controlling the rescue effort for the victim of a bear mauling near Galena June 10, 2019. The AK RCC is the nerve center for search-and-rescue operations for an area of Alaska equivalent to one third the area of the Lower 48.

Swamp Fox Airmen fly ‘Missing Man’ formation for former POW
October 28, 2019
Retired Air Force Col. Jack Van Loan, fighter pilot and Vietnam prisoner of war, was honored with a Missing Man flyover during his funeral at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Oct. 26, 2019. He received full military honors  for his nearly 30 years of service, including 2,116 days in the North Vietnamese prison nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton.

SC Guard members help Bahamian hurricane victims
October 23, 2019
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. William “Cole” Sanford Jr., Charlie Company, 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion platoon leader, and U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Sam Evans, Bravo Company, 1-118th Infantry Battalion platoon leader, fly back and forth from Florida to the Bahamas while off duty in September 2019 to deliver supplies to victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Guard members train how to handle traumatic events
October 23, 2019
Soldiers from the South Dakota Army National Guard go through a role playing exercise during the Traumatic Event Management course at Camp Rapid in Rapid City, S.D., Oct. 10, 2019. The TEM course helped to develop the organization's response and support services throughout the state.

Guard Soldier succeeds on All-Army women’s rugby team
October 23, 2019
U.S. Army Spc. Samantha Coleman, a motor transport operator with the 2220th Transportation Company in Tucson, Ariz., poses with her All-Army Women’s Rugby Team jersey at Papago Park Military Reserve Oct. 20, 2019. Coleman says she has found a deep sense of family and belonging in both the Army and her rugby team.

Maryland Soldier makes history as Best Warrior runner-up
October 23, 2019
U.S. Army Spc. Hunter Olson finds the grid coordinates to engage the enemy in a stress shooting lane during the 2019 HQDA Best Warrior Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2019.

Airman first to compete in Combatives Tournament
October 21, 2019
Participants compete in the 2019 Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament Sept. 14, 2019, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. More than 65 Ohio Guard members competed in the double-elimination tournament, in its sixth year.

142nd FW Airman completes 5th Ironman Triathlon
October 18, 2019
Senior Master Sgt. Bobbi Kennedy, 142nd Medical Group superintendent,  (right), poses with friend Rebekah Lemarr during the May 19, 2019, Ironman Triathlon in Chattanooga, Tennessee.