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North Carolina Guard prepares Moldovan Army for peacekeeping
June 30, 2011
Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles Young, North Carolina National Guard member, observes as soldiers of the Moldovan army's 22nd Peace Keeping Battalion crouch after hearing the alarm for an explosion device found on their mock base during a training exercise here June 24, 2011. The 22nd PKB soldiers participated in exercises to show off their capabilities as a unit before their NATO evaluation, a weeklong exercise called Peace Shield 2011 that kicked off June 27.

Kansas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team conducts ‘spur ride’ tradition
June 23, 2011
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan L. Pierce, a squad leader for the 3/6 Kansas Cavalry Agribusiness Development Team-III, and Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Kaltenborn, the security forces platoon sergeant also with the ADT, watch as spur ride candidate Air Force Senior Airman Melissa Hidalgo Mendez, a medic and possibly the first female Kansas Air Guard member to ear spurs, demonstrates her weapon skills with the M-16 rifle during her trek through the spur ride conducted on Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan, May 25. Pierce and Kaltenborn are spur holders. The tradition of the spur ride and 'earning the spurs' goes back to the origin of the U.S. Cavalry, with new riders learning the ropes prior to donning the spurs that earmark a cavalryman.

Task Force 'Good Neighbor' leaves Haiti a better place
June 22, 2011
Army Col. Kenneth Donnelly, commander of Task Force Bon Voizen and a Louisiana National Guard member, turns over the keys of a new school and medical clinic to the residents of Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 20, 2011. The school and clinic were two of the engineer projects built in Haiti by troops of Task Force Bon Voizen.

British soldier works with South Dakota Guard unit during flood operations
June 22, 2011
British Reserves Cpl. Arseny Barkovskiy conducts drivers training in a South Dakota National Guard M-998 “Humvee” truck on Monday June 20, 2011, during the ongoing flood prevention operations along the Missouri River at Dakota Dunes, S.D. Barkovskiy, a British military police soldier with the Allied Rapid Corps’ Military Police Battalion from London, was attached to the South Dakota National Guard’s 235th Military Police Company for two weeks as part of the U.S. Army’s Personnel Exchange Program.

Puerto Rico National Guard brings special skills to Fuerzas Comando 2011
June 21, 2011
Army Spc. Eric Sierra, a Puerto Rican National Guard Soldier assigned to the 191st Readiness Support Company, pumps fuel into a gas can for vehicles in support of the Fuerzas Comando 2011 competition June 13, 2011. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually in Central and South America and the Caribbean and is scheduled to run June 15-23.

Minnesota National Guard truly 'builds' partnership with Croatia
June 21, 2011
Army Spc. Robert Engeholm, a vertical engineer and team leader with the 851st Vertical Engineer Company of the Minnesota National Guard, works with a Croatian soldier to construct a ceiling with concrete blocks, June 15, 2011. Squads of Minnesota Guard members have been rotating through Nasice, Croatia, which is located on the northern slopes of Krndija Mountain in eastern Slavonia, for annual training this spring and summer. The Soldiers are working side by side with Croatian army engineers to complete a project designed to provide training and strengthen the cooperative relationship that exists between Minnesota and Croatia, who are partners through the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

Guard-led task force wins hearts 'one patient at a time'
June 20, 2011

Massachusetts, Louisiana Guard work together, provide safe water in Haiti
June 15, 2011
Army Sgt. 1st Class Stanley Martin, senior enlisted leader of the 125th Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit, and Army 2nd Lt. Danielle Golden, the 125th’s mission commander in Haiti, test the well water for impurities at a school in Gonaives, Haiti, May 16, 2011. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. Task Force Bon Voizen is deploying U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training and to provide humanitarian services.

COMMENTARY: Georgia Guard works with Georgia nation
June 13, 2011
Army Maj. Gen. William Nesbitt

Georgia Guard mentors Latvian Army in Operation Summer Shield
June 10, 2011
A Latvian soldier engages targets with a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle mounted .50 machine gun during an exercise as part of joint U.S./Latvian training for Operation Summer Shield in Adaži, Latvia, on May 24, 2011. Latvia is paired with Michigan in the National Guard State Partnership Program.