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National Guard, joint forces train for safer skies in Europe
July 18, 2011
An Alabama F-16C Fighting Falcon taxis in front of Ukrainian SU-27 Flanker jets and MiG-29 fighter jets, on the ramp at Mirgorod Air Base, Ukraine. This aircraft is the first Air National Guard fighter jet to land on Ukrainian soil in preparation for SAFE SKIES 2011, a joint Ukraine, Poland, U.S. aerial exchange event in Ukraine.

Air Force releases updated dress and appearance instruction
July 18, 2011
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish)

Dale Jr. finishes 15th after late-race pit penalty
July 18, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, does pre-race checks before the official start of the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. July 17, 2011. Earnhardt now sits in ninth place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points chase, two slots away from dropping out of the chase.

Guard members use MEDFLAG 11 to strengthen partnership, share ideas
July 15, 2011
North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers from the 814th Medical Detachment talk with soldiers from the Ghana Armed Forces during MEDFLAG 11 at Burma Camp in Accra, Ghana, July 12, 2011. MEDFLAG 11 will strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civilian assistance in local communities.

Guard, Reserve Soldiers partner with Ghanaians for MEDFLAG 11
July 13, 2011
Army Lt. Col. Rodney Boyd, officer-in-charge of the U.S. MEDFLAG forces, is interviewed by local Ghanaian media following the exercise opening ceremony. The exercise will strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civilian assistance in local communities.

‘Seasoned’ Oklahoma Guard Soldiers going strong in eastern Afghanistan
July 13, 2011
Army Master Sgt. Mike Tyson and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Timothy Visnieski, both members of the Regional Security Force Assistance Team Tomahawk and part of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 45th Infantry Division, Task Force Thunderbird, work with their Afghan counterparts Afghan National Army Sgt. 1st Class Mohammad Dawood and Afghan National Army Sgt. 1st Class Sadullah Samir at the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps’ headquarters, July 12, 2011.

Red Bulls turn over remote area of Bad Pech before departure
July 13, 2011
U.S. Army Soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan National Civil Order Police, patrol the area outside of the Bad Pech District center in the Galuch Valley area May 4, 2011 in Laghman Province, Afghanistan.

W. Virginia Guard, active Army work together for equipment reset
July 13, 2011
Col. William C. Hoppe, project manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, discusses the work done for his organization by the West Virginia Army National Guard at its maintenance facility in Eleanor, W.V. June 7, 2011.

VA officials create women veterans call center
July 12, 2011
Women Veterans Logo

Army Guard helicopter crash kills crew
July 11, 2011
Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers refuel two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters in northwest Iraq, Nov. 11, 2009. The Soldiers are with the Tennessee ARNG's 1-230th Air Cavalry Squadron, who maintain and operate a Forward Arming and Refueling Point, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Earnhardt can’t shake bad luck in Kentucky, slips to 8th in points race
July 11, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, enjoys some down-time during between race events at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., July 9, 2011. He is now eighth place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points chase.

New York Air Guard supports NASA's final shuttle mission
July 11, 2011
The shuttle Atlantis takes off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on the STS-135 mission, July 8, 2011. This is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program, during which the STS-135 crew will deliver the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module containing supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station. Members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing were on hand at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. to provide rescue support if Atlantis astronauts had been forced to abort the mission and bail out of the spacecraft.

Alaska Air Guard PJs assist wounded warriors up Denali
July 8, 2011
Gerard Coleman, a team member of the Denali expedition, teaches Air Force
Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Madama and Air Force Staff Sgt. Bill Cenna, a pararescuemen
with the Alaska Air National Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron, and the rest of
the team how to use medical equipment to be used on the climb up Mount
McKinley. Three members of the squadron supported a three-week, grassroots
wounded-warrior project to take combat-injured veterans up the mountain
starting June 24, 2011.

Air Guard emphasizes motorcycle safety
July 8, 2011
The Air Force's 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign is designed to raise awareness and help people get through the summer with an eye toward safety.

California Guard members participate in Operation Clean Sweep
July 8, 2011
Army Spc. Jose Martinez, with the California National Guard's 640th Aviation
Support Battalion, sorts equipment as he helps with Operation Clean Sweep at
Camp Taji on July 1, 2011.

SECDEF 'wanted to stress his appreciation' in call to Guard member
July 7, 2011
Army Staff Sgt. Kelly Ann Pels, of Cincinnati, with Headquarters and
Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment,
United States Division - Center, receives a call from Secretary of Defense
Leon Panetta, July 4, 2011, at Camp Victory in Baghdad. Pels was one of six
deployed service members the defense secretary called to personally thank
them for their service on Independence Day.

Georgia Guard members mentor state partners in emergency preparedness exercise
July 6, 2011
Shared Horizons 11 kicked off at the Republic of Georgia National Guard Training Center in Tbilisi. The U.S. Army Europe-led table-top exercise is designed to prepare the RoG government to provide civil response in the event of a natural disaster. Shared Horizons 11 includes about 100 personnel from various RoG ministries and Georgia National Guard members who have worked together under the State Partnership Program for 16 years.

Brothers devote 50 Years to Iowa Guard
July 6, 2011
Army Staff Sgt. Rich Fiedler, left, and his brother, Army Sgt. 1st Class Tim Fiedler, right, sit together June 14, 2011, on Combat Outpost Najil in Afghanistan’s Laghman province. The Fiedler brothers have more than 50 years of combined service in the Iowa National Guard’s Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment.

Colorado Army National Guard discovers, recovers missing hikers
July 6, 2011
A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) in Gypsum, Colo., lands on the summit of Missouri Mountain to transport rescuers to the scene where a father and daughter hiking team went missing June 28.

Earnhardt knocked around for second straight week, falls to seventh in points race
July 6, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, hugs the corners of the track at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma Calif., Sunday, June 26, 2011. Earnhardt was involved in a multi-car crash during the race and was forced to throw in the towel after repairs to his racecar were not successful.