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Obama, Panetta urge caution, preparedness for coming storm
August 26, 2011
Satellite imagery of Hurricane Irene on Aug. 26, 2011.

DOD says 101,000 Guard members available as military bases prepare for Hurricane Irene
August 25, 2011
A GOES-13 infrared satellite image provided by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, Calif., shows the status of Hurricane Irene at about 6 a.m. EDT, Aug. 24, 2011. Irene crossed over the Bahamas with 115-mph winds. The storm could strike the U.S. East Coast between Florida and the Carolinas as a Category 3 hurricane.

Puerto Rico Guard helps Vieques with Tropical Storm Irene aftermath
August 25, 2011
The Puerto Rico National Guard's Maritime Transportation Unit of the Puerto
Rico National Guard transported heavy equipment for debris removal to the
island municipality of Vieques to help with repairs after the damage from
Sunday's Tropical Storm Irene.

National Guard contributes to joint terrorism response exercise
August 25, 2011
Soldiers from the 546th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police
Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, begin their mission to bring food
and water to "distressed civilians" at Jefferson Proving Ground, Ind., Aug.
21, 2011, after being dropped off from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The Fort
Stewart, Ga.-based military policemen provided medical care and relief
supplies to civilians as part of Vibrant Response 12, a U.S. Northern Command
field training exercise conducted by U.S. Army North.

Operation Lone Star brings free healthcare to valley
August 25, 2011
Army Capt. Thomas Youngblood with the 162nd Area Support Medical Company
performs children's preventative dental services on a patient during a
humanitarian mission Aug. 2, 2011, in Hebbronville, Texas. The event, known
as Operation Lone Star, is an annual mission that provides free medical
services to people along the Texas border. More than 400 Texas Military
Forces service members, 200 state and county employees and numerous
volunteers collaborated for the exercise to not only help Texans in need but
also to conduct a real-world training event in preparation for any real world
disasters or emergencies.

Virginia Guard prepares for possible Hurricane Irene recovery operations
August 25, 2011
The Virginia National Guard's Army Spc. Brent Hart, Army Staff Sgt. Ronald
Cruz and Army Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Bristow work to clear debris after
Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Talking natural disasters with kids
August 25, 2011
The Virginia National Guard's Army Spc. Bradley Dial operates a scoop loader to clear trees from a road after Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Puerto Rico National Guard assists with hurricane cleanup
August 24, 2011
Army Sgt. 1st. Class Edwin Izquierdo and Army Sgt. Javier Cosme, both with
the Puerto Rico National Guard's 190th Engineering Battalion, support the
clearing of heavy debris from local roads after tropical storm Irene's
passing over Puerto Rico August 21, 2011.

California Guard CERFP first to be transported by military air
August 24, 2011
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bart Panighetti, an air cargo specialist from the 146th
Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard, detaches a trailer loaded on a
C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft in Volk Field, Wis., July 9,
2011, for Patriot Exercise 2011. The C-17 had just transported a Chemical,
Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response
Force Package from California to Wisconsin. The 9th CERFP, of the California
National Guard, was the first team transported entirely by military aircraft
as part of Patriot, an international large-scale emergency response training
exercise.

Guard members part of a joint team helping Surinamese partners
August 23, 2011
Cadet Justin Kolbeck cuts through a piece of wood to be used in a sun shelter at the Pater van der Pluym School in Brownsweg, Suriname, Aug. 8, 2011. Kolbeck, a cadet with the 155th Engineering Company in Rapid City, S.D., is helping remodel the school during the New Horizons 2011 exercise.

Alabama Guard members Participate in Vibrant Response 12.1 Exercise
August 23, 2011
167th Theater Sustainment Command personnel unload airplanes at the Aerial
Port of Debarkation at during training exercise Vibrant Response 12.1 at Camp
Atterbury, Ind., Aug. 20, 2011.

National Guard ready for Hurricane Irene
August 23, 2011
National Guard Bureau Seal

Panetta: Any retirement changes won't affect serving military
August 23, 2011
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta responds to a question from a member of the military press in his office at the Pentagon, Aug. 19, 2011. Writers representing American Forces Press Service, Stars and Stripes, and the Military Times Media Group attended a roundtable discussion and asked Secretary Panetta a variety of security and military forces related questions.

Earnhardt looking good going into final races of regular seasonEarnhardt looking good going into final races of regular season
August 22, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, signs autographs and greets the fans before race day at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday Aug. 21, 2011. Earnhardt and the No. 88 National Guard crew sit in ninth place in the Sprint Cup championship standings with only three races left before the chase for the cup.

National Guard honors best of best
August 18, 2011
Air Force Staff Sgt. John Norris, a tactical air control party member assigned to the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania National Guard, is named Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 2011. The award was presented at the Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen of the Year banquet in Arlington, Va., Aug. 12, 2011. Presenting the award are (left to right) Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau; Air Force Lt.Gen. Harry Wyatt , director of the Air National Guard; Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall, senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy.

North Carolina Army Guard helicopter crew rescue teen after 50 foot fall
August 18, 2011
Army National Guard Logo

Guard member acts heroically at Indiana State Fair tragedy
August 17, 2011
Senior Medic, Master Sgt. James Stranahan, of the Indiana National Guard's, 53rd Civil Support Team, was in the third row stands when the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, August 13, 2011 in Indianapolis. He witnessed the stage fall and jumped over the guard rail to give aid to the injured.

Air National Guard band gains international fame while deployed
August 17, 2011
Air National Guard band members assigned to the 571st Air Force band, Missouri National Guard, perform an acoustic version of a popular song while deployed to Southwest Asia in early August 2011. The band, Sidewinder, is a 10-member band that quickly gained fame after the a video of the performance was uploaded to YouTube.

Army Guard warriors compete to be best of the best
August 16, 2011
Army Sgt. James Nelson, 50th Brigade Special Troop Battalion, New Jersey National Guard, pulls a 125 pound medical stretcher about 30 yards during an timed evaluation as part of the Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition in Fort Benning, Ga. Aug. 6, 2011. Nelson was one of seven Army Guard members who competed for the title of Soldier of the Year throughout the five days of competition which began Aug. 4, 2011.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. advances amid rain
August 16, 2011
12-14 August, 2011, Watkins Glen, New York,  USA Dale Earnhardt Jr.