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Air Force officials urge OPSEC vigilance
August 31, 2010

Idaho Guard trains wrecker drivers for deployment
August 31, 2010
Staff Sgt. Hussey shows Spc. Grant Flegel the interior controls of the HEMTT wrecker during a training session at the Gowen Field Training Area in Idaho for the upcoming deployment of the 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team of the Idaho National Guard. This training session is to teach the drivers of the HEMTTs to be better able to handle any problems with their vehicle and helping to tow other broken down vehicles.

Maryland Airmen contribute to Iraq's recovery
August 31, 2010
Lt. Col. David Burgess and Maj. Kipp Thompson, both members of the Maryland Air National Guard's 235th Civil Engineer Flight, inspect non-functional lighted signs and eroding soils adjacent to a taxiway at Basrah International Airport, Iraq during their recent deployment.

Army Guard continues stability ops in Iraq
August 31, 2010
Army Spc. Grant Flegel moves the crane on the Heavy Expanded Mobile Tactical Truck (HEMTT) wrecker into place during training for the upcoming deployment with Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team at the Gowen Field Training Area near Boise, Idaho, Aug. 28, 2010. This training helps cross-train the drivers of the HEMTT and the mechanics that service it, so the drivers will be better equipped to handle break-downs and towing procedures of this vehicle and others in a convoy.

Air Guard plans support for Polish troops
August 30, 2010

Florida Guardsmen open Ali Al Salim MWR
August 30, 2010
A Soldier with Detachment 1, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Florida National Guard, helps build the new Recreation Center for permanent party members who work at LSA.

Georgia Guard father, son take to the air
August 30, 2010
Chief Warrant 5 Gary Button, the Detachment 9-Operational Support Airlift commander reads the pre-flight check list as his son, Warrant Officer 1 Daniel Button, a pilot with Company A, 171st Aviation, checks the gauges of their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Both are members of the Georgia National Guard.

JET Airmen MOVE to 386th AEW as part of drawdown in Iraq
August 30, 2010
A Joint Expeditionary Tasking Airman assigned to the 732nd Air Expeditionary Group serves as an advisor to Iraqi military members. JET Airmen typically work for other U.S. military services and often perform functions not usually associated with the Air Force. The 732nd AEG recently moved its headquarters staff out of Iraq to join the 386th Air Expeditionary wing here, but its JET Airmen will remain in Iraq to perform a variety of combat support missions like construction, communications and logistics.

Oregon Guard, port officials visit Bangladesh
August 30, 2010
Maj. Dan Schilling, the former director of the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program, meets with Lt. Gen. Mohammed Abdul Wadud, the principle staff officer for the Armed Forces Division of Bangladesh in Dhaka, Aug. 9, 2010.  Schilling and officials from the Portland International Airport met with Bangladeshi transportation officials to discuss security and safety protocols, based on a collaborative work plan developed in April. The group also discussed joint training and information sharing for disaster response, humanitarian aid, and training exercises as part of an overall SPP strategic plan.

Kentucky Airman helps establish first air coordination cell in Pakistan
August 30, 2010
U.S. Air Force airmen place equipment and prepare to establish operations with the Pakistan Air Force's Central Flood Relief Cell in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Aug. 29, 2010. About 40 airmen assigned to the U.S. Air Force's 621st Contingency Response Wing are working with Pakistani officials to support humanitarian airlift operations and deliver relief supplies to locations throughout Pakistan.

Eagles soar for last time at Hickam
August 27, 2010
F-15 Eagle crew chief Airman First Class David Lairsey and pilot Lt. Col Mark
"Odie" Ladtkow of the Hawaii Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron
conduct a visual inspection before Colonel Ladtkow's last F-15 training
mission at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Aug. 25, 2010. The 199th is
transitioning from the F-15 to the F-22 Raptor, which is a fifth generation
fighter. The 199th has flown the F-15 since 1987 and received their first two
Raptors on July 9, 2010.

Contractor to provide overseas TRS support for Guardsmen
August 26, 2010

Guam kicks off major training exercise
August 25, 2010
Air Force Lt. Col. Jackie Federico-Lopez, a clinical nurse with the 162nd Medical Group of the Arizona National Guard, and Maj. Janet Campion, a flight surgeon also with the 162nd, evaluate a victim during Vigilant Guard Guam, Aug. 24, 2010. The Airmen are part of the emergency medicine portion of the training exercise.

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' feedback sought from spouses
August 24, 2010

Gulf state veterans may qualify for delayed mortgage payments
August 24, 2010

Rhode Island Guards hosts Operation Purple camp this week
August 23, 2010

Army Guardsman receives Purple Heart from World War II
August 23, 2010
Sgt. James Ader of the New York Army National Guard's 501st Ordnance Battalion congratulates John Sidur after he was presented long overdue recognitions 65 years after his actions in the Pacific during WWII.

Kentucky ADT delivers motorcycles for inspectors
August 23, 2010
Members of the Kentucky National Guard Agribusiness Development Team with Provincial Reconstruction Team Panjshir delivered four brand-new Corola motorcycles to the Panjshir Province National Environmental Protection Agency director  on Aug. 17, 2010. Now, the director says the agency can enforce standards and do the government’s work.

Guardsmen volunteer to fight fires, save lives on Camp Phoenix
August 23, 2010
First Lt. Joelle Mulder, left, a volunteer firefighter with the South Dakota National Guard's 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade listens and watches as Pfc. Josh Haley, the captain and volunteer firefighter with the Massachusetts National Guard's 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery explains the proper way to use a hand saw at the Camp Phoenix Fire Station in Kabul, Afghanistan,  Aug. 19, 2010. Mulder and other volunteers at the fire station train twice a week to better prepare themselves for any fire emergency that might happen at Camp Phoenix.

Massachusetts transportation company moves heavy equipment in Iraq
August 23, 2010
Sgt. John Spagna, a driver with the Massachusetts National Guard's 2nd platoon, 1166th Combat Heavy Equipment Transport Company, 164th Transportation Battalion, secures a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle to a CHET trailer, Aug. 15, 2010. The MRAPs, were picked up from Forward Operating Base Warrior and delivered to Contingency Operating Base Speicher in support of the responsible drawdown of forces in Iraq. From COB Speicher, the MRAPs will go to Kuwait, from there, the Army will send them to the U.S. or to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom.