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After 13 years, Operation Enduring Freedom concludes in Afghanistan
December 29, 2014
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan DeAngelis signals during a power check on an F-16C Fighting Falcon on Feb 4, 2012, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.  DeAngelis is an F-16C crew chief deployed from the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard. Officials announced the conclusion of combat operations in Afghanistan.

Kentucky Airmen return from West Africa mission
November 19, 2014
Master Sgt. Matthew Hourigan, left, and Tech Sgt. Jacob Harper greet their children in Louisville, Kentucky, after the Airmen returned from a deployment, Nov. 19, 2014.

New York Guard public affairs Soldiers help tell story in Japan
November 7, 2014
New York Army National Guard broadcast journalist Sgt. Jeremy Bratt, right, joins joins 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team public affairs noncommissioned officer Sgt. Kingston Dillard, and a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force interpreter to interview a Japanese service member on Oct. 21 during Orient Shield 14.

Utah Army National Guard Soldier bridges language gap during Orient Shield 14
October 31, 2014
Utah Army National Guard Sgt. Keith Albretsen interprets Japanese and English for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rafael Nunez, a Petroleum Systems Section noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Regiment from Wheeler Field, Hawaii. Nunez is showing Japan Ground Self-Defense Force aviation personnel one of four nozzle types used with the U.S. Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck or HEMTT Tanker Aviation Refueling System (HTARS) during Orient Shield 14 here Oct. 28. The aviation refuelers are supporting Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and JGSDF members from the 11th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, Northern Army conducting field training exercises, Oct. 27 – Nov. 7.

Mission to fight Ebola: 'This is what we do,' Air Guard leader says
October 24, 2014
Air Force Senior Airman Courtnay Hester, a power production specialist with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, sets up an electric generator to feed the Joint Operations Center at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 5, 2014, in support of Operation United Assistance. Hester and more than 80 other Kentucky Air Guardsmen stood up an Intermediate Staging Base at the airport that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa as part of the international effort to fight Ebola.

Kentucky Air Guard Airmen support 101st Airborne Division’s movement to Liberia
October 21, 2014
U.S. Air Force Col. David Mounkes, a Kentucky Air National Guard member and commander of Joint Task Force-Port Opening Senegal, discusses the unit’s mission with a delegation representing the U.S. Agency for International Development at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 16, 2104. The JTF-PO is funneling humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa as part of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight Ebola. USAID is the lead federal agency coordinating the U.S. government’s multi-agency response.

Citizen-Soldier brothers from New Jersey deploying to Southwest Asia
October 20, 2014
Davis and Dave Valentin, brothers who grew up in Ridgefield Park, N.J., are deploying to Southwest Asia with their New Jersey National Guard unit.

Georgia National Guard joins Canadians for complex exercise
October 14, 2014
Georgia Guard members with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, conduct an amphibious insertion on Lake Erie as part of the Stalwart Guardian training exercise in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in August, 2014.

Five countries, two National Guards, one mission: Operation Atlantic Resolve
October 10, 2014
Canadian Army Maj. Edward Jun (left), commander, Company M, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment; Polish army Capt. Marcin Wilga (2nd from left), commander, 2nd Assault Company, 18th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade; and U.S. Army Capt. Matthew McCarthy (right), commander, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, meet after commanding their units in a combined training exercise at Ziemsko Airfield, Poland, July 17. The exercise is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve and is intended to strengthen U.S. Army Europe’s (USAREUR) familiarity and commitment to its’ NATO allies.

Indian-American sisters are a force multiplier at Yudh Abhyas 2014
October 10, 2014
Cal Guard sergeants Jasleen and Bree Khaira get into a groove during a social event organized by the Indian Army on Sept. 24.