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Kentucky Air Guard divers hold exchange with Ecuadorian military
September 23, 2010
Members of the Ecuadorian Military and pararescuemen from the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron of the Kentucky Air National Guard prepare to conduct a dive while tethered to a rope in order to perform a sweep of the nearby area at a State Partnership Program exchange at Dale Hollow Lake in Albany, Ky., Sept. 17, 2010.

Today’s Army stronger, more seamless, Carpenter says
September 22, 2010
Army Brig. Gen. Lester Simpson, commander of the Texas Army National Guard's 176th Engineer Brigade, places a combat patch on the right sleeve of Army Capt. Thomas Loftis, commander of the brigade's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, at a ceremony on Forward Operating Base Sharana Sept. 11, 2010.

Iowa ADT meets Kunar counterparts
September 22, 2010
Army Col. Craig Bargfrede, commander of the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agri-Business Development Team, meets with Haji Mohasal Kahn, Kunar province director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, at the governor's compoundin Asadabad, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2010. Members of the ADT met with their counterparts from the Kunar provincial government to introduce the provincial agriculture leaders to their counterparts from Iowa and get a better sense for how best to quickly assist the provincial government in providing more robust agricultural services to its citizens.

Minnesota, Croatian troops assist in Afghan election
September 22, 2010
A Minnesota Guard member from Camp Mike Spann talks with local Afghans on election day in Afghanistan Sept. 18, 2010. The Minnesota Guard and the Croatian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team 47 performed vehicle and weapon systems inspections in preparation for a mission related to the elections.

Guard, Afghan Soldiers deliver supplies to orphanage
September 22, 2010
Maj. Edward Michels, 1st Battalion, 178th Field Artillery of the South Carolina Army National Guard, gives two boys a handful of toys during a humanitarian aid drop at Maihan Orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan Aug. 31, 2010. Michels and several other servicemembers stationed at Camp Phoenix participated in the drop delivering toys, blankets, shoes and clothing.

Senegal president praises Guard partnerships
September 22, 2010

U.S. law plays important role in Afghanistan COIN strategy
September 21, 2010
Lt. Col. Donald McCarty, left, deputy staff judge advocate for the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the South Dakota Army National Guard listens as Rahim, center, a linguist for the 196th, explains a claim made by Naqeb, right, a local Afghan citizen. McCarty helps local Afghans file claims against the U.S. military when any incident, such as a car accident happens.

MEDFLAG 10: A lasting partnership between two countries
September 21, 2010
Spc. Kerry Thompson of Bismarck, N.D., a combat medic with the North Dakota National Guard's 814th Army Support Medical Company, carries a simulated injured patient to the hands of an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo soldierin Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sept. 17, 2010. A mass casualty exercise simulated a bus crash with about 50 patients that were treated by the FARDC quick reaction force.

Twins reunite in Afghanistan
September 21, 2010
Army 1st Lt. Michael Paluczak and his twin brother, Army Capt. John Paluczak, enjoy a reunion on Bagram Airfield in eastern Afghanistan's Kabul province, Sept. 7, 2010.

Iowa ADT members donate blood to save Soldier’s life
September 17, 2010
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st. Class Mark Chase, who is assigned to the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Field Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright, prepares to take blood from U.S. Army Master Sgt. John Storey, noncommissioned officer in charge of operations for the 734th Iowa National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team. The blood was needed for immediate infusion into a seriously wounded Soldier, who needed whole blood of a particular type.