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National Guard, Reserve survival course graduates first Airmen
December 10, 2010
Staff Sgt. Andrew Dunn and Airman 1st Class Brian Alfano were the first Reserve and Air National Guard Airmen to graduate from the 22nd Training Squadron’s survival, evasion, resistance and escape course at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. They graduated Dec. 2, 2010. This course was specially tailored so Guard and Reserve SERE specialists could receive training comparable to their active duty counterparts. Airman Dunn is from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 514th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and Airman Alfano is from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

National Guard’s 374th birthday gets Capitol Hill celebration
December 10, 2010
Lt. Gen. Harry "Bud" Wyatt, director of the Air National Guard, speaks during a birthday ceremony commemorating the 374th birthday of the National Guard, on Capitol Hill, Dec. 9, 2010. The National Guard Association of the United States hosted the event, which was held in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Puerto Rico Air Guard lifts injured manatee to new life
December 10, 2010
Members of the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., assist in the transport of an 840-pound male manatee Dec. 9, 2010. Accompanied by six biologists and two veterinarians, the sea cow is heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico, after suffering minor injuries in a boat strike. Officials from Air Mobility Command and the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 156th Airlift Wing are working together to airlift the mammal to San Juan.

Guard leaders, lawmakers, Defense officials mark National Guard birthday
December 9, 2010
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DOD expands community-based child care options for Guard, reserve families
December 9, 2010
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McKinley: Relationship between National Guard, parent components strongest ever
December 9, 2010
Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, addresses attendees at the Reserve Officer's Association of America's Industry Day in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2010. During the event McKinley spoke on ways in which the Guard will continue to meet mission expectations in a budget constrained environment.

Missouri Guardsman is finalist in Good Morning America guru contest
December 8, 2010

Dr. Jill Biden Conveys Gratitude to Troops
December 7, 2010
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, talks about supporting troops during the holidays to children at a holiday event at her home at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010.

South African Reserve leaders visit New York National Guard
December 7, 2010
Army Col. Craig Meinking explains New York Army National Guard health check procedures to South African Major General Roy Andersen, the chief of defense reserves for the South African National Defense Force during a visit to the Division of Military and Naval Affairs during annual Soldier Readiness Processing on Dec. 4, 2010, as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program.

Georgia Guard agricultural team trains for combat operations
December 7, 2010
Georgia National Guard Soldiers train at Fort Gordon, Ga., for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan on Nov. 20, 2010.

SD Soldiers improve base infrastructure, Afghan labor force in Kabul
December 7, 2010
Maj. Trent Bruce, right, Directorate of Public Works (DPW) officer in charge, Master Sgt. Travis Vallery, center, also a member of DPW, talk with local Afghans, who were hired using the “Afghan First” program, about a project on Dec. 4, 2010, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bruce, Vallery and other members of DPW manage and oversee construction projects throughout the Kabul Base Cluster.

Asking for help is not weakness, says Army Guard’s top NCO
December 7, 2010
Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard, Command Sergeant Major Richard J. Burch.

Arkansas troops develop farm as Agriculture Education Center
December 6, 2010
Sgt. David Hafer, an agronomy specialist with the Arkansas Agriculture
Development Team (ADT), looks over a test crop of spinach in the team's
greenhouse on its demonstration farm located at Shahr-e-Safa, Afghanistan.
The ADT operates the farm in conjunction with the Zabul Province Agriculture
Department to demonstrate new farming techniques and test crop products and
resiliency to pests and weather conditions.

North Dakota ANG medical team named best in Global Strike Command
December 6, 2010
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Good Morning America chooses Missouri Guardsman as guru finalist
December 6, 2010
Master Sgt. Scott Nimmer and his wife Amy.

Iowa ADT finds Asadabad merchants better off than five years ago
December 6, 2010
U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Daniel Collins of Kellogg, Iowa, contracting non-commissioned officer in charge for the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, talks with a furniture store owner and his son in Asadabad, the provincial capital of Afghanistan's Kunar province, Dec. 2.

TF Morgan hands reins to TF Red Horse
December 6, 2010
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John M. Montgomery, the Task Force Morgan command sergeant major, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Timothy J. Murphy, the TF Morgan commander, roll up the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Squadron colors to take back to St. Albans, Vt., during the transfer of authority ceremony here Nov. 30, 2010.

Nurgal subgovernor meets Iowa ADT leaders to discuss priorities
December 6, 2010

Wyatt lists ‘pillars of strength’ for mission accomplishment
December 6, 2010
Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, director of the Air National Guard, thanks Master Sgt. Wesley Childress for his service during the 192nd Fighter Wing's first Hometown Heroes Ceremony held at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Dec. 4, 2010.

National Guard seen as strategic partner in dropout prevention
December 3, 2010
Sgt. Maj. Jerrell Wright, sergeant major of the Army National Guard Education, Incentives and Employment Division discusses eligibility requirements for applicants to attend the GED Plus Program to attendees of the 22nd Annual National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 16, 2010.