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Guardsmen exchange medical techniques with Congolese counterparts
September 14, 2010
Spc. Ricky Smith of the North Dakota National Guard teaches members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo how to evaluate a casualty. Smith, a member of the 814th Army Medical Support Company, Detachment 1, based in Grand Forks N.D., is in Congo as part of MEDFLAG 10 a joint military training exercise between the U.S. military and FARDC soldiers to enhance emergency response capabilities in the region.

Music, culture converge as Utah Band performs in Morocco
September 14, 2010
The Utah National Guard's 23rd Army Band performed in Kenitra, Morocco, the historic landing site of U.S. forces in World War II, July 3, 2010. Commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Denny Saunders, the band performed in these various musical teams: The Ceremonial 23rd Army Band, the Rock Band called "Article 15," the Jazz Combo, the brass quintet called "Five-star Brass" and other ensembles. The Utah National Guard joined with Morocco through the National Guard's State Partnership Program more than seven years ago. Since 2004, more than 75 events have been conducted between the Utah National Guard and the Moroccan military.

Slovenia hosts exchange training with Colorado Guard
September 14, 2010
Soldiers from Slovenian Army Special Operations and the Colorado Army National Guard's 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), practice explosive breaching techniques during a three-week Joint Combined Exchange Training exercise in Slovenia in June. Explosive breaching allows Soldiers to rapidly enter a building and disorient its occupants. This maintains surprise and momentum for friendly forces and usually results in decreased casualties on both sides.

Rhode Island Guard conducts forensics workshop for Bahamian police, defense forces
September 13, 2010
Rhode Island National Guard workshop facilitators from left to right, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Paul Pion, Capt. Jeff Lessard, Maj. Alan White, Master Sgt. Stephen Chasse and Master Sgt. Mark Larsen, pose for a photo with participants from the Royal Bahamas Police and Defense Forces.

McKinley honors Serbian contributions in two world wars
September 13, 2010
Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, right, the chief of the National Guard
Bureau, and Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Wayt, left, the adjutant general of the
Ohio National Guard, lay a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Hero on
Mount Avala in Serbia on Sept. 11, 2010. "It was especially poignant today,
on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, when our nation was attacked, that I
symbolically thank the Serbian military for their support to the United
States in World War I and World War II," McKinley said. Serbia and Ohio are
paired in the National Guard State Partnership Program.

Guard state partnerships great value for America, university leader says
September 13, 2010
Charles Wise, founding director of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University, seen in Karadjordjevo, Serbia, on Sept. 12, 2010, where he is accompanying an Ohio National Guard delegation pursuing National Guard State Partnership Program activities. “I’ve been extremely impressed with the contribution of the National Guard,” he said. “The more I’ve learned about [the SPP] the more I’ve been impressed by not only how effective it is but how cost-effective it is in building relationships with significant countries like Serbia.”

National Guard leaders honor newest Serbian officers
September 13, 2010
Officer cadets from Serbia's Military Academy take part in a graduation
ceremony in front of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in
Belgrade, Serbia, on Sept. 11, 2010, attended by Air Force Gen. Craig
McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Army Maj. Gen. Gregory
Wayt, the adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard and other Guard
leaders. Serbia is Ohio's partner in the 62-nation National Guard State Partnership

New York Guard leaves for South African air show
September 13, 2010
Sgt. Kevin Ressler steadies the tail of an OH-58 Kiowa assigned to the New York Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Co. A, 1st Battalion 224 Security and Support Aviation as he and other maintainers prepare the aircraft for a flight to Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., on Sept. 13, 2010. Ressler, and four other members of the detachment, will accompany the aircraft to the Africa Aerospace and Defense Exposition 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. The helicopter will be loaded on board a giant C-5A Galaxy belonging to the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard.

Ambassador: Ohio Guard strengthens relationship with Serbia
September 11, 2010
Michael Fitzpatrick, foreign policy advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Jonita Whitaker, coordinator for foreign policy advisors in the State Department's Bureau for Political-Military Affairs, take notes during a meeting between Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command, at AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Aug. 12, 2010.

Illinois, North Dakota participate in MEDFLAG 10 in Congo
September 8, 2010
Members of the 814th Area Support Medical Company of the North Dakota National Guard sort through medical supplies in preparation for MEDFLAG 10. Participants arrived in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and began to prepare for MEDFLAG 10, a joint medical exercise focused on humanitarian assistance that will take place in Kinshasa, Sept. 6-18, 2010.