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Burch, SMA, Army Reserve CSM visit sends "one Army" message
November 2, 2011
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Richard J. Burch, command sergeant major of the Army National Guard, visits with Soldiers of the 230th Signal Company, Tennessee Army National Guard, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to discuss the future of the Army National Guard and answer Soldiers' questions Oct. 20, 2011.

National Guard Chinook crews' contributions vital during drawdown
November 2, 2011
Army Sgt. Joe Loscheider, a flight engineer with B Company, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, Minnesota National Guard, prepares to move his M240B machine gun into position prior to heading out on a mission from Camp Taji, Iraq, on Oct. 7, 2011.

Obama calls on nation to honor military families, caregivers
November 2, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama greets a crowd of National Guard and local families during a Joining Forces community event in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio, April 14, 2011. The national initiative she launched with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, calls on all sectors of society to honor and support military families.

Study: No relationship found between service members' health and burn pits
November 2, 2011
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Army secretary: Balance needed as wars draw down
November 2, 2011

Kentucky National Guard twins together in Iraq
November 1, 2011
Army National Guard Sgt. Jonas Saunders stands beside his twin brother, Army National Guard Cpl. Jason Saunders, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Oct. 21, 2011. The brothers, 25-year-old natives of Barbourville, Ky., are serving on their second deployment to Iraq together.

Herculean effort: Michigan Air Guard deploys to Afghanistan on accelerated schedule
November 1, 2011
An A-10 Thunderbolt II moves into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker somewhere over the northeastern United States, Sept. 26, 2011. The A-10 is flown by a pilot from the 107th Fighter Squadron, which was traveling to a deployment in Afghanistan. The KC-135 was flown by a crew from the 171st Air Refueling Squadron. Both squadrons are part of the Michigan Air National Guard and are assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.

Roy: Guard members should tell their story
October 31, 2011
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Guard mobilizes after severe October snowstorm
October 31, 2011
Army National Guard Spc. Seth Tuper, a combat engineer, 379th Engineer Company, 101st Engineer Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard, directs traffic around a tree that had fallen on Springfield Street in Wilbraham, Mass., blocking half the road and creating a potential traffic hazard on Oct. 30, 2011. As Tuper, a resident of Florida, Mass., directed traffic, other Soldiers from his unit used chain saws to quickly cut down the tree.

Muncy: Guard members should use three key steps to deal with change
October 31, 2011
Chief Master Sergeant Christopher Muncy, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, addresses 1,000 Guard Airmen at the Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Nashville, Tenn.

Air Force BDU officially history today
October 31, 2011
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Family Matters Blog: Keeping military marriages strong
October 28, 2011
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Alaska National Guard SPP with Mongolia uniquely positive
October 28, 2011
Left to right: Army Maj. Wayne Don, Alaska National Guard State Partnership Program director; Ambassador Jonathan Addleton; Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell; Army Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, adjutant general, Alaska National Guard. Ambassador Addleton made his first visit to Alaska to meet National Guard, community, and state leaders Oct. 21, 2011.

Earnhardt remains in ninth with only four races left
October 26, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard racecar, signs autographs for fans before race day at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Oct. 15, 2011.

South Dakota Guard MEDEVAC team stands ready despite drawdown
October 25, 2011
Sgt. Adam D. Max a flight medic with Forward Support Medical Team, Company C, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, South Dakota Army National Guard, conducts a daily pre-flight inspection, getting ready for another day on the job at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq Oct. 22, 2011.

Army Guard members take back Sangar valley one footstep at a time
October 25, 2011
Children in the Sangar Valley reach out to soldiers from 1st Brigade 201st Corps, Afghan National Army and Soldiers form 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as they walk back to the mouth of the valley on Oct. 2, 2011. The ANA and 45th IBCT worked together to clear the valley of insurgent activity and to show the local villagers that they are committed to fighting the insurgency wherever it may be.

National Guard female engagement team empowers local Afghan women
October 25, 2011
Army Lt. Col. Joel Jeffers, a civil affairs officer from the 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command receives gifts from Fatima, a local business owner, Oct. 19, during a quality assurance visit with the Combined Team Zabul Female Engagement Team. Earlier in the month, the CTZ FET helped Fatima and Bibi Hawa obtain grants to open an almond and raisin-cleaning business in Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan.

Royal Air Force aviation pioneer flies with Air Guard F-16s
October 25, 2011
Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Aguilar fits RAF Flight Lt. Kirsty Stewart with a helmet and oxygen mask in preparation for her F-16 orientation flight at the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport, Oct. 21, 2011. Stewart, a member of the United Kingdom's Red Arrows aerial demonstration team, was able to fly in the backseat of a Fighting Falcon with the international F-16 training wing.

McKinley gives praise, admiration to Guard members in Kosovo
October 25, 2011
Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, to speak to Soldiers deployed there in support of Kosovo Forces 14, Oct. 24, 2011. McKinley gave his personal gratitude and admiration for the Soldiers and Airmen stationed throughout the country and their bravery during the recent unrest.

First Air National Guard F-16 unit deploys in support of OEF
October 24, 2011
Air Force Brig. Gen. Jeff Johnson, 113th Wing commander, D.C. Air National Guard, wishes a safe journey to Air Force Capt. Danny Hull, 121st Fighter Squadron pilot, before Hull's departed as part of the first Air National Guard F-16 to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. More than 175 members of the 113th Wing deployed this month to support the mission.