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Secretary of Defense Holiday Message
December 22, 2010
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates

Wisconsin Air National Guard unit ranked among best in nation
December 22, 2010
Air National Guard Seal

Tabs and badges a measure of Missouri Guardmembers’ marksmanship
December 22, 2010
Soldiers with the Missouri National Guard take aim during the 2010 Adjutant General State Rifle/Pistol Combat Match at Camp Crowder, Missouri.

Admiral Mike Mullen Holiday Message
December 22, 2010
Admiral Mike Mullen

Oregon National Guard unit hits Iraq running
December 22, 2010
Oregon Air National Guard Seal

North Dakota Guardmembers share holiday spirit with veterans
December 22, 2010
Chief Master Sgt. Paul Tangen, of the 119th Wing, dons a specially made camouflage Santa suit as he greets residents Dec. 15 during the annual North Dakota National Guard Christmas party at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D. North Dakota Air and Army National Guardmembers make personal donations to raise money for gifts and present them to the veterans at the nursing home each year during the holiday season.

McKinley visits border mission National Guard troops in California
December 21, 2010
Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, right, talks with a California National Guardsman about surveillance technology near San Diego, Calif., during a Dec. 14, 2010, visit to review the National Guard's support to Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement through Joint Task Force-Sierra.

South Dakota National Guard Soldiers sustain warfighters, save money, boost economy
December 21, 2010
Army Maj. Pete Jerzak, right, director of the Directorate of Resource Management of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Dakota Army National Guard, visits with Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Carstin Alan, deputy director for DRM, on a contract Dec. 16, 2010, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. Jerzak, of Rapid City, S.D., and Alan, of Whitewood, S.D., work to ensure servicemembers in the Kabul Base Cluster have what they need to be successful in their mission by providing the funding to award and sustain contracts for services and equipment.

Florida’s second civil support team passes initial evaluation
December 20, 2010
Sgt. Matt Mitchell of the Florida National Guard's 48th Civil Support Team prepares equipment to take chemical samples during a weapons of mass destruction evaluation in Brooksville, Fla., Dec. 16, 2010.

On behalf of Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Chief, National Guard Bureau and Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall, Senior Enlisted Leader for the National Guard Bureau
December 20, 2010
Holiday Season Card

ARNG Acting Director's Holiday Message
December 20, 2010
Maj. Gen. Raymond W. Carpenter

Air Guard starts funding recruitment storefronts
December 17, 2010
Senior Master Sgt. Lorenda Thomas, of the South Carolina Air National Guard, celebrates the grand opening of the 169th Fighter Wing’s first recruiting storefront location on March 25, 2009.

Guardmembers complete world-class training and competition
December 17, 2010
Army Spc. Andy Wilkens, Colorado National Guard Biathlon coordinator, crosses the starting line of a practice on day four of the National Guard Biathlon All Regions Snow Camp Dec. 11, 2010, in West Yellowstone, Mont. The 6-kilometer practice race challenged the racers to apply all of the skills they learned during the camp over the first three days. "This was an open door training event for the purpose of presenting the sport of biathlon to the individual National Guard states, said Wilkens. The four-day event covered everything from basic skiing techniques to competitive marksmanship and offered a greater number of Soldiers and Airmen the opportunity to participate in instruction generally only available to national-level athletes.

Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldier dons drill sergeant hat
December 17, 2010
At a recent December drill, Missouri Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hanna stands before his troops for the first time as a drill sergeant wearing his iconic campaign hat.

West Virginia Air National Guard flight nurse hailed as hero
December 17, 2010
West Virginia Air National Guard Capt. Jodi Pritchard helped to save a car crash victim on Dec. 5, 2010.

ANG director discusses future with Colorado Guardsmen
December 16, 2010
Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry W. Wyatt, the director of the Air National Guard, addressed nearly 100 members of the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., Dec. 14, 2010. To begin the visit, Wyatt presented challenge coins to Master Sgt. Evan Fenn, who was named Air Force Crew Chief of the Year, and Maj. Mike Gommel for his demonstrated excellence.

USD-C Soldiers celebrate National Guard birthday in Iraq
December 16, 2010
Maj. Gen. Nelson J. Cannon, left, commanding general for detainee operations
and provost marshal general with United States Forces-Iraq, and Pfc. Jacob
Wood, with Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 116th Garrison Command, U.S.
Division-Center, cut a cake with a sabre to celebrate the National Guard's
374th birthday inside Al Faw Palace at Camp Victory, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2010.
Cannon is currently the most senior ranking National Guard service member
and Wood is currently the most junior ranking National Guard service member
at Victory Base Complex, Iraq.

National Guard 'hugely beneficial' to Southwest border mission
December 15, 2010
A California National Guardsman monitors the waters off the coast near San
Diego, on Dec. 14. The National Guard is supporting Customs and Border
Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement through Joint Task

At-risk youth learn lessons, graduate from Guard’s youth program
December 14, 2010
National Guard Youth Challenge

New York Guard celebrates National Guard's birthday today
December 13, 2010
John Sidur, a veteran of the New York National Guard's 27th Infantry Division, visits with New York Army National Guard Sgt. James Ader earlier this year. Sidur will participate in a National Guard birthday celebration with the New York Guard today.