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Alaska Guardsmen arrive in Vietnam for Pacific Angel
May 13, 2010
Cargo is off-loaded from a C-130 Hercules from the Alaska Air National Guard's 144th Airlift Squadron shortly after they arrived at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 8, 2010. Thirty-nine military personnel from bases around the Pacific and continental U.S. are participating in Operation Pacific Angel 10-2 in the Can Tho area May 10-17. Pacific Angel is a humanitarian and civic assistance program conducted in the Pacific area of responsibility to support U.S. Pacific Command's capacity-building efforts. This is the second time the operation has been held in Vietnam.

Soldiers train on Bambi bucket to fight fires in Kosovo
May 10, 2010
A flight crew from MNBG E aviation works together to safely fill a Bambi bucket during firefighting training recently held in  Kosovo.

Ward: Guard partnership with Botswana a 'model' program
May 5, 2010
Col. M.C. Mophuting, commandant of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Training Establishment, and Col. Baatweng, BDF chief of protocol, greet Gen. William Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, upon his arrival in Gaborone, Botswana, April 28, 2010. During Ward's visit, the first since 2007, he was scheduled to meet with senior military and civilian officials to discuss ongoing and future military-to-military and security cooperation engagements. The BDF conducted 40 military-to-military exercises last year making it one of the most active of U.S. Africa Command's partner nations.

F-16 training bolsters U.S., Pakistan relations
May 5, 2010
Pakistan Air Force Squadron Leader Azman Khalil, left, goes over flight
information with Capt. Andy Wittke, an instructor pilot with the Arizona Air
National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing, before a training mission April 27, 2010. Khalil and seven other Pakistani pilots graduated from F-16C/D upgrade training at Tucson International Airport on May 4, 2010.

North Dakota Airmen complete first humanitarian project in Ghana
April 28, 2010
Airmen with the North Dakota National Guard's 119th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron paint the trim on a building on Burma Camp near Accra, Ghana. The building will serve as classrooms to train members of the Ghanaian Armed Forces. The two-week mission for the North Dakota Airmen is providing valuable training on contingency skills while helping Ghana — North Dakota's pair in the State Partnership Program.

Illinois governor, Guardsmen pay respects at Polish consulate
April 14, 2010
Gov. Pat Quinn, Consul General of Poland Zygmunt Matynia and Army Brig. Gen. Robert J. Pratt gathered at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago April 13, 2010. Quinn, along with Illinois National Guard leaders, gathered at the consulate to pay respects to the Polish president, military leaders and other dignitaries, who were killed in the April 10 plane crash.

U.S. KFOR commander touts progress built on relationships
March 23, 2010
Brig. Gen. Al Dohrmann, commander of Multi-National
Battle Group-East, addresses members of the local media in Gjilan/Gnjilane,
Kosovo, during a recent press coffee event. This was the general's fifth
press coffee since arriving in Kosovo in November 2009. The press coffees
are designed to be relatively informal discussions about issues facing the
citizens in Battle Group-East's area of responsibility.

Illinois Guard helps prepare Polish army for Afghanistan
March 18, 2010

Texas trains with Czech public affairs officers
March 11, 2010
Capt. Jolana Fedorkova, Capt. Jan Sulc, Capt. Miroslava Stenclova and 1st Lt. Denisa Smitalova, all of the Czech Republic Armed Forces, look at some materials during the annual Texas Military Forces Public Affairs Conference Feb. 23-24, 2010.

National Guard program boosts Africa Command, Ward sa
March 10, 2010
In this file photo, Gen. William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks to attendees at the USEUCOM Adjutants General State Partnership Program Conference in Germany in 2007. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 9, 2010 that SPP is a superb tool for Africa Command.