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Guard’s State Partnership Program: A possible tool for citizen diplomacy
November 24, 2010
A firefighter from the Port of Laem Chabang in Pattaya, Thailand, secures a hose fitting during a training exercise with the Washington National Guard near the port on May 19, 2009. A roundtable recently recommended enhancing the National Guard's State Partnership Program as a tool for citizen diplomacy.

Deploying Indiana Guardsmen practice erecting new tent
November 24, 2010
Soldiers from the 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade at Camp Atterbury
Joint Maneuver Training Center construct a Standardized Integrated Command Post System on Nov. 5, 2010 as training for their scheduled upcoming deployment to Iraq. A large tent provides more than 1,120 square feet of usable space.

Iowa Guardsmen learn the ways of Afghan farmers
November 24, 2010
Chief Master Sgt. Don Kuehl of the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agri-Business Development Team meets with local farmers at the proposed site of a demonstration farm near the Sarkani District Center in Afghanistan's Kunar Province.

Louisiana brigade thankful for successful deployment
November 24, 2010
Capt. Thomas Mesloh, electronic warfare officer for the Louisiana National Guard's 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), discusses the measurements on a spectrum analyzer with a convoy escort team commander at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, Oct. 16, 2010.

New York Guardsmen remain on duty over Thanksgiving weekend
November 24, 2010
Pvt. Stephen Perez, a New York Army National Guardsman assigned to Joint Task Foce Empire Shield patrols at Penn Station on Nov. 23, 2010.

Ten states conduct one mission in Afghanistan
November 23, 2010
Members of the Afghan National Security Forces Development Assistance Bureau (ADAB) team from left to right are: Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Hannibal, Brig. Gen. Jonathan Farnham, director of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) Development Assistance Bureau; Gen. John Petraeus, Lt. Col. Tom Zelko, a Vermont Guard member and ANA division chief; and Col. Mike Bouchard of the Maine Army National Guard and the ANP division chief, pose for a group photo after briefing Petraeus on Afghan Security Force developments.

Air Force redesignates Georgia wing as active association
November 23, 2010
The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System is the only airborne
platform in operation that can maintain realtime surveillance over a
corps-sized area of the battlefield. A joint Air Force - Army program, the
Joint STARS uses a multi-mode side looking radar to detect, track, and
classify moving ground vehicles in all conditions deep behind enemy lines.

Alaska Guardsmen meet with Hollywood stars
November 23, 2010
Capt. Brett Haker, a maintenance officer with the Alaska National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility, poses with John Krasinski and Dax Shepard during a meet and greet event Nov. 6, 2010. The two actors are starring in "Everybody Loves Whales," for which Haker provided technical advice to one of the stars portraying a pilot.

American Indians can serve nation, community in the Guard
November 23, 2010
Danny Garceau, chairman of Society of American Indian Government Employees and a descendant of Lake Superior-area Chippewa, speaks during the Native American Observance ceremony at the Army Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va., Nov. 18, 2010. Garceau, a retired Michigan National Guard member, can trace his ancestry back to his great, great grandfather Animodoskwan, who was a chief in the Chippewa nation.

South Carolina Guard creates folding procedure for state flag
November 23, 2010
Air Force Staff Sgt. Rachel Hill of the 169th Medical Dental Group, and Army Sgt. Stephen Beasly of Company C, 1/151st Attack Recon Battalion, fold the South Carolina State flag, while Army Staff Sgt. Trevor Dean of Joint Forces Headquarters keeps the flag pulled tight. The South Carolina National Guard Army and Air Honor Guard teams have crafted a standard procedure for folding the state flag.

Army Guard hopefuls battle for spot in 'Best Ranger' field
November 22, 2010
Army Staff Sgt. Tony Genovese of the Illinois National Guard makes his way down the Confidence Climb obstacle during an assessment for the 2011 Best Ranger Competition held at Fort Benning, Ga., Nov. 17, 2010.

Gates visit underscores strong relationship with Chile
November 22, 2010
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, second from left, reviews the troops with Chilean Defense Minister Jaime Ravinet at Salon Bernado O'Higgins during an honors arrival ceremony commemorating Gates' visit to Santiago, Chile, Nov. 20, 2010.

New Hampshire wing practices response to public health emergency
November 22, 2010
Senior Airman Leslie M. Wood of the 157th Air Refueling Wing Medical Group administers an annual seasonal flu shot to 2nd Lt. Jeffrey C. Hill during a Point Of Dispensing (POD) exercise at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Nov. 6, 2010. POD exercises test roles, responsibilities and flow of people in dispensing immunizations.

Gates notes Guard partnership with Chile
November 22, 2010
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, and Chilean Defense Minister Jaime Ravinet talk with the members of the Fuerte Lautaro, Chilean Special Forces, in Colina, Chile, Nov. 20, 2010.

Army showcases newest version of Lakota
November 22, 2010
Members of the 121st Medical Company, Air Ambulance of the District of Columbia National Guard prepare for a mission in Hohenfels, Germany. The unit conducted its first medical evacuation with the UH-72 Lakota helicopter in Germany on Aug. 10, 2010.

Army Guard enlisted leader stresses the ‘New Norm’
November 22, 2010
Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Richard J. Burch briefs participants at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting and exposition in Washington D.C., Oct. 25, 2010. He issued a memorandum on Nov. 19, 2010 about the "New Norm," which makes asking for assistance a priority.

Army Guard flight instructors serve at Fort Rucker
November 22, 2010
First Lt. Laz Murphy, right, an Army National Guard instructor pilot, reviews a final check of a UH-60 Black Hawk with a student.

Handbook helps troops' families, friends
November 19, 2010

Handbook helps troops' families, friends
November 19, 2010

Louisiana Guardsmen, families spend night on USS KIDD
November 17, 2010
Over 100 service members, including 28 Army and Air National Guard families, participated in Louisiana National Guard Reintegration Office’s Child and Youth Program along with Louisiana Operation: Military Kids as they welcomed military families aboard the historic USS KIDD for an overnight camp in downtown Baton Rouge, La., Nov. 12-13, 2010.