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California Guard members prepare Iraqis for heavy-duty mission
October 3, 2011
Army Sgt. Gilbert Britto of the California National Guard's Alpha Company, 640th Aviation Support Battalion, shows a class of Iraqi army personnel how to connect a fueling nozzle to the fueling module on a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 13, 2011. The 640th conducted a weeklong course for the Iraqi Security Forces to prepare them to take over fueling operations once the California Guard unit departs theater.

Dempsey outlines objectives, focuses on future
October 3, 2011
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Kentucky National Guard father, son complete mission outside wire together
October 3, 2011
Army Master Sgt. Micah Mason, an assistant operations noncommissioned officer, poses with his son, Army Pfc. Micah Mason, a gunner, prior to departing on a convoy escort mission in northern Iraq, Sept. 15, 2011. Both Soldiers are Kentucky National Guard members assigned to the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

Guard members begin training on new Lakota variant
October 3, 2011
National Guard pilots from four states are now training on the UH-72A Lakota Security & Support variant at the Madison County Executive Airport in Alabama. The aircraft provides long-range electro-optical sensors and the ability to record and downlink data.

Virginia Guard home after helping Vermont reopen 400 miles of roads
October 3, 2011
Virginia National Guard members work to repair Hurricane Irene's damage to U.S. Highway 4 in Vermont on Sept. 12, 2011. The Virginia National Guard had been supporting the Vermont National Guard's Task Force Green Mountain Spirit under a state Emergency Management Assistance Compact. They ended their mission Sept. 27 after assisting with the reopening of nearly 400 miles of state highways.

Texas National Guard performs during World Series
October 1, 2011
Two CH-47 Chinooks, belonging to the Texas Army National Guard, perform a two ship flyover during Game 4 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, Oct. 23, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. Other Game 4 participation from the Texas National Guard included the singing of the national anthem during the seventh-inning stretch by Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Darby Ledbetter.

Illinois adjutant general awarded Polish Army Medal
September 30, 2011
Army Maj. Gen. William Enyart, the adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, receives the Polish Army Medal from Polish Land Forces Commander Lieutenant General Zbigniew Glowienka on Sept. 23. 2011. The Illinois National Guard and Poland have been partners through the National Guard State Partnership Program since 1993.

TRICARE striving to provide best care at best cost
September 29, 2011
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TRICARE reduces pharmacy home delivery co-pays
September 22, 2011
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Alaska Guard members travel to Mongolia for SPP exchange
September 19, 2011
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nina Kolyvanova, survey team chief for the Alaska National Guard's Joint Forces Headquarters, hands out tokens of appreciation to members of the National Emergency Management Agency during the Alaska National Guard HAZMAT exchange. Kolyvanova and three other Alaska National Guard members traveled to Mongolia to participate in the exchange.

Suriname military leaders visit South Dakota National Guard
September 19, 2011
Governor Dennis Daugaard (center) accepts a token of appreciation from Mr. Lamure Latour, Suriname Minister of Defense, at the Capitol, Friday, June 17, 2011. The South Dakota National Guard hosted dignitaries from the Republic of Suriname for a week in June.  Dignitaries were shown various military training associated with the annual Golden Coyote training exercise, which brought 2,100 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the U.S. to the Black Hills for the two-week training event.  They were also shown ongoing missions by South Dakota's Soldiers and Airmen conducting flood relief related missions in the state's capitol.  The South Dakota-Suriname State Partnership Program was formally established in August 2006 to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between the two entities.

TRICARE promises continued access to prescription medications
September 16, 2011
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Kentucky guard members share knowledge with Ecuadoran counterparts
September 16, 2011
Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Craig Evans, supervisory equipment specialist with the Kentucky National Guard, goes through the maintenance inspection process of a high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle with the members of the Ecuadorian military at a visit on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky.

DOD announces appointment of Reserve Forces Policy Board chairman
September 16, 2011
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Missouri Guard provides support to Guyana Defense Force
September 16, 2011
Mr. Mbakhana, a Guyana Defense Force sailor, along with Missouri National Guard Soldier’s Capt. Aaron Larimore, and Staff Sgt. Michael Blomberg review river routes and communication short falls with the Guyana Defense Force’s current equipment.

Mullen: Happy Birthday Air Force!
September 16, 2011
U.S. Air Force celebrates its 64th Birthday, Sept. 18, 2011.

National Guard State Partnership Program garners prestigious award
September 15, 2011
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Recruit sets example for females at National Guard program
September 15, 2011
Army Pfc. Kirsty Penn receives a Class Peer Leader Certificate from Army Drill Sgt. Eric Jaeger, Sept. 9, 2011, at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Ark. Penn was the first female recruit to receive the honor as Class Peer Leader in the program's history. Since 2006, the National Guard GED Plus program has conferred more than 13,000 GED diplomas to Soldiers nationwide.

Jacoby: Guard most important partner to NORAD, NORTHCOM missions
September 14, 2011
Members of the 53rd Civil Support Team, Indiana National Guard, join efforts with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security tactical rescue team to pull a mock victim from the rubble during National Level Exercise 2011 at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Ind., May 16, 2011. NLE 2011 was a full-scale exercise meant to represent the destruction following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid fault line and examined the government's ability to implement local, state, and federal catastrophic earthquake response plans. The National Guarded coordinated response efforts with U.S. Northern Command and federal, state and local agencies throughout the exercise.

National Guard, reserve members learn sling-loading operations together
September 14, 2011
Two Soldiers with the Army Reserve’s 739th Engineer Company, Indiana National Guard, hook a sling to the bottom of an Illinois Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter Sept. 11, 2011, during a joint-service, sling-load training mission at the Sparta Training Area, Ind. The training brought Guard and reserve component Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen for one day of classroom and field training.