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France bestows high honors on National Guard, active duty Green Berets
July 26, 2011
French Ambassador Francois Delattre awards the Croix de la Valeur Militaire, roughly analagous to the Silver Star, to Army National Guard Sgt. Ryan Meister during a private ceremony at the French Ambassador's Residence in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 2011, awarding the honor to five National Guard and one active duty Special Forces Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released)

Senator: National Guard Youth ChalleNGe effective program
July 26, 2011
Louisiana Sen. May Landrieu speaks with attendees of the 2011 National 
Guard Family Program National Volunteer Workshop, July 25, 2011.

Texas Guard member’s rivalry with brother beneficial
July 26, 2011
Army Spc. Andrew Deason, an Iraqi security forces knowledge management representative assigned to the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, poses for a photo with Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III during his visit to Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq June 25, 2011. Deason competes with his brother, Spc. Brian Brown, who is currently an active duty member in the Army, to see which of them can meet the highest-ranking military officials. The brothers have an ongoing competition that began when Deason joined the Guard two years after Brown joined the Army.

National Guard Family Programs workshop kicks off in Kentucky
July 25, 2011
Kentucky National Guard members of the Visual Information and Public Affairs Office prepare for the 2011 National Volunteer Workshop at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky.

Guard helps Ukrainians, Poles train for Olympic Air sovereignty operations
July 22, 2011
Air Force Capt. John Weldon sits with his Ukrainian partner in the Ground Control Intercept cell at Myrhorod Air Base, Ukraine, participating in Safe Skies 2011, a joint Ukraine, Poland, U.S. aerial exchange event.

Army Guard, Air Force families share top honors
July 22, 2011
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Idaho Guard member driven to serve by patriotism
July 22, 2011
Army Spc. Crystal Gregan, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle driver and gunner assigned to Golf Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, disassembles an M-240B machine gun after a convoy mission at Joint Base Balad, Iraq July 7, 2011.

New York Air Guard rescue teams look forward to future space missions
July 22, 2011
STS-135, flown by Space Shuttle Atlantis, marked the 109th Space shuttle rescue support mission for the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing -- and the final launch of a space shuttle.

Active Guard, Reserve program great opportunity for active-duty Soldiers
July 21, 2011
The Active Guard Reserve allows active-duty Soldiers to transfer to locations closer to home, where their skills can be put to good use. Here, a Soldier from the North Carolina Army National Guard peers from a UH-60 Black Hawk during a recent search and rescue exercise near Morganton, N.C.

Illinois Guard members train Suriname military in security techniques
July 21, 2011
Air Force Master Sgt. Todd Agans, a member of the 183rd Security Forces Squadron, Illinois National Guard, shows members of the Suriname army proper techniques for handcuffing detainees in Paramaribo, Suriname July 8, 2011. This training is part of exercise New Horizons Suriname 2011. Over 600 U.S. military personnel and 50 Surinamese military personnel will participate in the exercise at various times over a three month period.

National Guard remains vigilant in ongoing flood fight
July 21, 2011
Army Spc. Sterling Klein, a Soldier with Detachment 2, 191st Military Police Company, North Dakota National Guard, patrols a dike on the south side of Mandan, N.D., July 16, 2011 – a day where the temperature hovered in the mid-90s. The North Dakota National Guard is patrolling dikes in the Bismarck and Mandan area 24/7.

National Guard boosts Louisiana's emergency response capability
July 21, 2011
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California Guard members train Iraqis on generator maintenance
July 20, 2011
Iraqi Army Warrant Officer Rashid (left) California Army National Guard Sgt. Salvador Lopez of Headquarters Support Company, 640th Aviation Support Battalion, provide maintenance on a backup generator for the airfield at Camp Taji July 19, 2011.

First assigned C-17 lands at New York Guard base
July 20, 2011
The first C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing touches down on Stewart International Airport's runway July 18, 2011. It is one of eight C-17s the 105th Wing is scheduled to receive as the unit phases out its C-5A Galaxy aircraft.

Kentucky Guard veteran trains ADT for "sweet" mission
July 20, 2011
Kentucky Guard members Army Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Dunn, Army Capt. Varinka Barbini and Army Staff Sgt. Catherine Corson, of Agribusiness Development Team 4, hold bottles of honey they processed while training with Jim Cline, a retired chief warrant officer 4 who served more than 30 years in the Kentucky Guard as an aviator. The Guard members are scheduled to deploy next year and teach beekeeping skills as part of the ADT mission to support and impact sustainability and economic development of the Afghan people.

Texas National Guard engineers bridge the gap
July 20, 2011
Texas Army National Guard Soldiers attach an improved ribbon bridge bay to the M1977 common boat transporter while conducting IRB operations during Operator New Equipment Training. The Soldiers are assigned to the 551st Multi-Role Bridge Company, 386th Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade

Shinseki: VA Task Force improves care of women vets
July 20, 2011
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First Lady plans 'Joining Forces' events
July 19, 2011
Dr. Jill Biden speaks about the White House's "Joining Forces" military family support campaign to a crowd of National Guard and local families as First Lady Michelle Obama stands by during a community event in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio, April 14, 2011.

North Dakota Guard members share in Ghanaian culture
July 19, 2011
Shai dancers perform while musicians play to the U.S. troops participating in MEDFLAG 11, during a cultural presentation July 17, 2011 at Dodowa Forest, Ghana. The bilateral MEDFLAG 11 strengthens the relationship and interoperability between the U.S. and Ghana military forces through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civic assistance in local communities.

Air Guard spouse named Air Force Spouse of the Year
July 18, 2011
Megan Glynn, standing in front of a C-130J Super Hercules July 13, 2011, was named 2011 Air Force Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse magazine. Her husband, Air Force Maj. Matt Glynn, is a C-130J pilot with the California Air National Guard's 146 Airlift Wing.