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National Guard's senior officer elevated to Joint Chiefs of Staff
December 30, 2011
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National Guard on-duty for New Year's Eve
December 30, 2011
New York Army National Guard Spc. Melvin Seally, assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the New York National Guard's full-time security force in New York City, patrols Pennsylvania Station with police officers on Christmas Eve. The members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield will be on duty New Years Eve supporting civilian police agencies.

Domestic disaster relief and a birthday among National Guard 2011 highlights
December 29, 2011
Maryland National Guard members, seen here in Salisbury, Md., on Aug. 28, 2011, worked around the clock to support civilian law enforcement and firefighting agencies during Hurricane Irene.

Colorado National Guard high-altitude aviation training: local school, global impact
December 28, 2011
Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jonathan Licuanan and Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Mahany take turns piloting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, while following the directions of their instructor pilot, Colorado Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark Grayson, Aug. 25, 2011. Licuanan and Mahany are students at the Colorado National Guard's High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo.

N.C. National Guard drives into history as last convoy out of Iraq
December 28, 2011
North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1452nd Transportation Company pose for a group photo in front of an M-1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporter in Kuwait, Dec. 19, 2011, just one day after their convoy was the last to depart Iraq.

Dempsey: hazing, bullying "intolerable" within military
December 27, 2011
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Nov. 14, 2011.

NORAD tracks Santa's flight
December 23, 2011
The North American Aerospace Defense Command based at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., will again track Santa Claus on his annual Christmas Eve flight to deliver presents to children around the globe.

DOD Officials: National Guard border support to shift to the air
December 21, 2011
The U.S. border with Mexico seen on Aug. 25, 2010, near Nogales, Ariz. Up to 1,200 National Guard troops have deployed to the four Southwest Border states in support of the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement there.

Florida Guard members part of final "New Dawn" air mission
December 21, 2011
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New York Honor Guard performs record number of military funerals
December 21, 2011
The flag-covered casket of New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert, is carried by members of the New York Military Forces Honor Guard on June, 11, 2010. The New York Military Forces Honor Guard expects to perform more than 10,600 military funerals, mostly for World War II veterans, in 2011.

Odierno unveils vision for Army's future role
December 20, 2011
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Army Guard fires-up new IED simulator at Camp Atterbury
December 19, 2011
Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa, currently training to deploy to Afghanistan at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, was the first PRT to train on a new virtual reality combat simulator Dec. 16, 2011. The simulator is designed specifically to help Soldiers better deal with the number one killer in the contemporary operating environment: improvised explosive devices.

Indiana Guard, ISU reach agreement on use of restricted air space
December 19, 2011
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Kentucky Guard members fly-in school supplies for Afghan schools
December 19, 2011
Army Sgt. Heather Carrier, a Kentucky Guard member with Agribusiness Development Team 3, passes out school supplies to Afghan students at a local school in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan Dec. 3, 2011.

Alaska National Guard brings Santa to remote villages
December 19, 2011
David Anungazuk, 7, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, in Wales, Dec. 9, 2011. The Clauses, along with about 35 volunteers from Anchorage, were in Wales for an Operation Santa Claus mission in coordination with the Alaska National Guard.

DOD sets goal to financially empower service members, families
December 16, 2011
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Afghanistan: Video may have 'killed the radio star' but Virginia National Guard brings radio alive in rural areas
December 16, 2011
An Army National Guard Soldier of the 116th Infantry Battalion, Virginia National Guard, with assistance of a Romanian soldier, sets up a shortwave antenna at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2011. The short wave antenna is part of the effort to enhance communication between the supporting military elements and the local people in rural areas of the country.

Army National Guard Soldiers saves lives in, out of uniform
December 16, 2011
Army National Guard Sgt. Gerald Dick, a combat medic assigned to the Troop Medical Clinic at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., administers an intravenous line to a Soldier here Dec. 14, 2011. Dick, a licensed practical nurse and case manager at Camp Atterbury, is "always" on duty and has rendered medical assistance during to two separate vehicle accidents earlier this year while not on duty.

Army Chief of Staff issues instructions for Guard, Reserve Soldiers demobilizing over holidays
December 16, 2011
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno

Afghanistan: Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team teaches Afghans safe meat processing
December 16, 2011
Army National Guard Maj. Samuel Forester, executive officer of the Missouri Agribusiness Development Team, leads an instructional seminar for Afghan government officials on meat inspection in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Forester is also a U.S. Department of Agriculture certified meat inspector and his main goal was to show agricultural officials how to work with available resources to educate farmers and commercial butchers on good sanitation practices and animal health.