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National Guardmembers embark on first convoy
December 29, 2010
A line of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles operated by Soldiers with Company F, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), stand ready to begin a convoy recently at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

Guardmembers conduct meeting with Afghan villagers
December 29, 2010
Army 1st Lt. John Dundee (left), 1st platoon leader for Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Lt. Rastum (right), 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st ANA Regt., talk with a citizen of Ghaziabad Dec. 26.

North Carolina National Guardmembers reflect on historic Iraq mission
December 29, 2010
Army Lt. Col. Warren Wintrode, commander of the North Carolina National Guard's 105th Military Police Battalion, addresses the troops and explains the importance of the unit's mission during their Combat Patch Ceremony on June 1, 2010. "Don't ever stop, don’t ever let your vigilance falter. Get your game face on and be prepared to do what I know you are capable of," Wintrode said.

Christmas comes early for Guardsmen, families
December 27, 2010
Army Spc. Crystal Houston, a Louisiana National Guardsman, looks at a colorful sign her 6-year-old son, Micah, created for her as she returns home from Iraq to Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Dec. 22, 2010.  The 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team completed a 365-day deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Oregon National Guard unit hits Iraq running
December 22, 2010
Oregon Air National Guard Seal

South Dakota National Guard Soldiers sustain warfighters, save money, boost economy
December 21, 2010
Army Maj. Pete Jerzak, right, director of the Directorate of Resource Management of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Dakota Army National Guard, visits with Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Carstin Alan, deputy director for DRM, on a contract Dec. 16, 2010, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. Jerzak, of Rapid City, S.D., and Alan, of Whitewood, S.D., work to ensure servicemembers in the Kabul Base Cluster have what they need to be successful in their mission by providing the funding to award and sustain contracts for services and equipment.

Georgia Guard agricultural team trains for combat operations
December 7, 2010
Georgia National Guard Soldiers train at Fort Gordon, Ga., for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan on Nov. 20, 2010.

SD Soldiers improve base infrastructure, Afghan labor force in Kabul
December 7, 2010
Maj. Trent Bruce, right, Directorate of Public Works (DPW) officer in charge, Master Sgt. Travis Vallery, center, also a member of DPW, talk with local Afghans, who were hired using the “Afghan First” program, about a project on Dec. 4, 2010, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bruce, Vallery and other members of DPW manage and oversee construction projects throughout the Kabul Base Cluster.

Arkansas troops develop farm as Agriculture Education Center
December 6, 2010
Sgt. David Hafer, an agronomy specialist with the Arkansas Agriculture
Development Team (ADT), looks over a test crop of spinach in the team's
greenhouse on its demonstration farm located at Shahr-e-Safa, Afghanistan.
The ADT operates the farm in conjunction with the Zabul Province Agriculture
Department to demonstrate new farming techniques and test crop products and
resiliency to pests and weather conditions.

Iowa ADT finds Asadabad merchants better off than five years ago
December 6, 2010
U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Daniel Collins of Kellogg, Iowa, contracting non-commissioned officer in charge for the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, talks with a furniture store owner and his son in Asadabad, the provincial capital of Afghanistan's Kunar province, Dec. 2.