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National Guard forces join exercise Yama Sakura 69 in Japan
December 15, 2015
Service members from the Japan Self Defense Force and the United States participate Dec. 8, 2015, in the Yama Sakura 69 exercise at the Middle Army Headquarters in Camp Itami, Japan. More than 5,000 service members participated in the annual bilateral training exercise.

Mississippi Guard aviation maintainers complete Kuwait mission
November 30, 2015
Staff Sgt. Frank Schatzman, of the 1108th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASMG), replaces safety wire on APX-123 coaxial connectors during a preventative maintenance inspection at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait on Sept. 29, 2015. The Mississippi Army National Guard aviation maintenance unit successfully completed a Phase Maintenance Inspection Cycle-1 (PMI) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on Sept. 28 and successfully returned the completed aircraft to the 1/137th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, two weeks later.

National Guard Bureau leaders visit troops in Kosovo
November 27, 2015
U.S. Army Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, introduces himself to an audience of more than 200 reserve-component Service members during a town hall event at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Nov. 24, 2015.

Arizona National Guard helps keep NATO flights aloft
November 13, 2015
Staff Sgt. Kevin Gimenez, a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, prepares to refuel a NATO E-3A Sentry over northern Germany during a training mission, Nov. 10, 2015. Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing based in Phoenix are supporting aircrew training operations Nov. 9-20 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany.

Pennsylvania National Guard provides key support at international exercise
November 5, 2015
Staff Sgt. Nicole Brittain, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 213th Regional Support Group's personnel division, works on a personnel report at Exercise Trident Juncture 15, near Zaragoza, Spain, Nov. 3, 2015.

Michigan National Guard continues mentor mission to Liberian armed forces
October 26, 2015
Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers sample local cuisine while on a staff assistance visit to Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 25, 2015. The Michigan Soldiers will deploy to Liberia in October for one year to support Operation Onward Liberty, a United States Africa Command defense sector reform initiative developed to facilitate implementation of the Liberian National Defense Act by creating a responsible, operationally capable military.

Senior leaders: Future combat operations to mirror this one; all components play a part
September 21, 2015
Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, the adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard, speaks to Airmen of the Jackson, Mississippi-based 172nd Airlift Wing deployed to Kuwait on Aug. 20, 2015, at Patton Army Heliport located at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Collins and Command Sgt. Maj. John Raines spent several days in Kuwait visiting Mississippi units as part of the Joint Monthly Access for Reserve Component visit Aug. 19-22.

Mississippi Army National Guard members take their mechanical skills to the Sinai
August 24, 2015
Spc. Michael DeGan, Aviation Company, Task Force Sinai, installs cotter pins on the pitch control links on the tail rotor blades during a preventative maintenance inspection cycle-1, on July 27, 2015 at North Camp, Sinai, Egypt.

Simulated fuel spill helps Airmen get on the same page in emergencies
August 12, 2015
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Melissa Blackledge, an aerospace medical technician from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Medical Group, assists a mock patient with a broken ankle during a simulated fuel spill on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 7, 2015. Blackledge was embedded as part of the wing-inspection team for the scenario-based inspection.

Senior Guard officer in Kuwait says Army National Guard presence in the Middle East may increase
July 29, 2015
Brig. Gen. Timothy McKeithen opened a recent town hall meeting at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. He is the senior Army National Guard officer in Kuwait.