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South Dakota National Guard reflects back on its Iraq War involvement
March 21, 2012
Soldiers form the 740th Transportation Company, South Dakota Army National Guard, wait at a checkpoint in 2003 before heading north through Iraq with more than 60 trucks loaded with supplies to be delivered to camps and forward operating bases throughout Iraq.

Illinois, Texas Guards certify Afghan National Army soldiers in engineer training
March 20, 2012
Afghan National Army Sgt. Hasibullah Khudabkhsh (right) and U.S. Army Spc. Bryan Arnold (left), from the 661st Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, take time for a photo during an awards ceremony, Feb. 6, 2012. The ANA soldiers who received the certificates recently completed the basic horizontal and vertical engineer training with the 7th Engineer Battalion, Task Force Red Devils, from Fort Drum, N.Y.

Missouri National Guard served as starting point for Afghanistan agribusiness teams
March 20, 2012
Capt. Gary Chura, an agribusiness specialist with the Missouri National Guard ADT V, serves as a mentor-trainer, coaching Afghan farmers in project management skills Jan. 23, 2012. Chura said he seeks to improve the business practices of farmers within his area of operation by providing mentorship during the execution of targeted projects aimed at building workforce capacity.

South Korea: Utah National Guard, Republic of Korea Army conduct artillery exercise
March 16, 2012
Members of the Utah National Guard's 145th Artillery Battalion, and the Republic of Korea Army's 628th Artillery Battalion, show the level of mutual respect they have for one another during an artillery live-fire exercise at the Rodriguez Live-Fire Complex in South Korea, March 15, 2012.

Afghanistan: Guard members conduct joint training with Afghan National Police
March 14, 2012
Army Staff Sgt. Jason Weaver looks on as Army Staff Sgt. Charles Cox, squad leaders with 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, gives instructions to the Afghan National Police through their interpreter, March 7, 2012. The 37th IBCT is a part of the International Security Assistance Force. ISAF Regional Command North supports Afghan National Security Forces in close coordination and collaboration in providing security and disrupting insurgent activities in order to protect the Afghan population.

Africa: Guard members, Reservists, Gabonese share knowledge during MEDACCORD 12
March 14, 2012
Gabon military health services Lt. Noutoubeli Marcelle, a computer scientist, speaks with U.S. Army Capt. Jamie E. Jackson, A Mississippi National Guard member and task force liaison officer for Medical Accord Central 12 taking place March 5 to 16, 2102 in Libreville, Gabon.

Rwanda: Texas Guard members, Rwandan Defense Forces participate in training partnership
March 14, 2012
Members of the Rwandan Defense Forces participate in a lesson on urban operations from Rwandan and U.S. Army instructors during a field training portion of a month-long Peace Support Operations Soldier Skills Training course held at the Rwandan military base here Feb. 2, 2012. The RDF invited Texas Army National Guard soldiers from the U.S. Army 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, to participate alongside Rwandan instructors during the course.

Afghanistan: Alaska Army Guard members provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance over the skies of Afghanistan
March 13, 2012
Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Eric Maschmeier, aerial sensor
operator, Bravo Company, 306th Aerial Exploitation Battalion, Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize - Afghanistan (TF ODIN- A), checks the equipment onboard the King Air 300 prior to flight on March 8, 2012. The enlisted Soldiers of Company B operate and maintain the collection equipment onboard the aircraft throughout their 12 month deployment, accruing hundreds of flight hours over the skies of Afghanistan.

Africa: U.S. Army Africa, Tennessee Army National Guard personnel journey to Uganda
March 13, 2012
Army Maj. Tony Miller of the Tennessee National Guard explains shipping labels on outbound cargo during a recent training event where Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Teams traveled to Uganda from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2012 to conduct Phase I training for 27 members (17 Army and 10 Air Force) of the Uganda People's Defense Force.

Kuwait: ACAP counselors visit Minnesota Guard members Kuwait
March 13, 2012
Valecia Ross, Army Career and Alumni Program counselor and Ft. Polk, La., resident, listens to a question from the audience during her transition briefing at the Zone 1 Chapel March 6, 2012. Ross and two other ACAP counselors visited Kuwait to inform Soldiers who are soon departing active-duty status about the opportunities available to them as they transition back to civilian life. Ross informed the Third Army soldiers about different services provided by the ACAP counselors to ensure service members are given the chance to smoothly make the move from military to civilian life.