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Alaska Air National Guard saving lives
January 31, 2011
A pararescuemen from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 212th Rescue Squadron conducts fast rope insertion training while deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The Alaska Air National Guard's busy search-and-rescue pace continues in 2011.

Employers brace for Kentucky National Guard mobilization
January 31, 2011
Louisville Metro Police officers and Kentucky National Guardmembers Sgt. Scott Sturgeon and Sgt. Donald Gosney will be taking a break from their civilian job to deploy with the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade this summer.

Louisiana Air Guardsman first to graduate Army leadership course
January 31, 2011
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Philip Olivier, a 159th Operations Group intelligence analyst, was the first-ever Louisiana Air National Guardsman to attend the Army’s Advanced Leader Course at Camp Cook in Ball, La., Jan. 8 to 20, 2011. ALC teaches Soldiers the values, attributes, actions and the technical and tactical skills needed to lead squad and platoon-level operations. For the Air Guard, it provides a unique opportunity to understand and appreciate “Army speak” while training in a joint environment.

National Guard answering the call for Midwest winter storm support
January 31, 2011
Staff Sgt. Travis Radtke, of Springfield, and Staff Sgt. Jason Copley, of
Plato, do preventative maintenance checks on vehicles at the Missouri
National Guard armory in Springfield. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a
state of emergency in Missouri on Monday and activated the Missouri National
Guard in preparation for a severe winter storm that is moving into the

Indiana Guard training center facilitates real-world rescue training
January 31, 2011
Firemen Ryan Pratt and Jeremy McAlister, from Fort Knox, Ky., search for ways to remove mannequins being used to represent survivors of a mock collapsed parking garage during U.S. Army North’s Vibrant Response 11.1 Homeland Emergency Response exercise held at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex March 18 in Butlerville, Ind.

Guard Teen Leadership Council gives youth a chance to give back
January 28, 2011
Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill and his wife are assisted by Emily Hulberg, Missouri National Guard's Teen Leadership Council, in preparing their package for Operation Homefront.

Center provides advice on post-deployment intimacy issues
January 27, 2011

North Dakota Guardsmen attend marriage enrichment presentation
January 27, 2011
Army Sgt. Tosha Kunrath and her husband, Scott Kunrath, fill out a military survey after attending the "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage" conference.

Louisiana National Guard program teaches 'marriage maintenance'
January 26, 2011
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President announces 'unprecedented commitment' to military families
January 25, 2011
President Barack Obama looks over at First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as he delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House unveiling efforts to better coordinate and strengthen the federal government's support for military families, Jan. 24, 2011.

Louisiana hosts milestone National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program graduation
January 24, 2011
Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, addresses the 197 graduating cadets of the Louisiana National Guard’s Camp Minden Youth ChalleNGe Program at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, Jan. 22, 2011. The ceremony also commemorated 100,000 YCP graduates nationwide since its inception in 1993.

Grass: Guard, USNORTHCOM have critical partnership
January 24, 2011
Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass, deputy commander of USNORTHCOM and vice commander of U.S. Element NORAD, speaks during the 2011 National Guard Bureau Domestic Operations Workshop at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Jan. 20, 2011. Grass spoke about the important partnership the Guard and NORTHCOM have in the homeland.

Iowa National Guard ADT small poultry project a sustainable success
January 24, 2011
Army Sgt. Heather Eberle, combat medic with the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, makes friends with Afghan children inside their home compound in Karula, a small town outside of Asadabad, the capital of Afghanistan's Kunar Province during a visit Jan. 13, 2011.

Louisiana Air Guardmembers keep current on tactical combat skills
January 24, 2011
Louisiana Air National Guardsman Tech. Sgt. Andrew Guidry, a joint terminal attack controller for the 122nd Air Support Operations Squadron, references satellite images of proposed enemy targets before calling in air strike coordinates to Air Force Reserve pilots from the 47th Fighter Squadron flying A-10 Thunderbolts II (Warthogs), during a training exercise at the Claiborne Bombing and Gunnery Range near Woodworth, La., Jan. 19, 2011. This training helps JTACs sharpen their skills prior to deploying.

Mississippi National Guard unit’s first 100 days: a story of sustainment
January 24, 2011

President announces ‘unprecedented commitment’ to military families
January 24, 2011
President Barack Obama looks over at First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as he delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House unveiling efforts to better coordinate and strengthen the federal government’s support for military families, Jan. 24, 2011.

Oregon Guardmember finds changed Iraq
January 21, 2011
Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Alan Arnson, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), works on radio equipment at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Arnson stepped into the No. 2 slot in the battalion’s communications section just before he deployed to Iraq.

Utah Army National Guard Sgt. Rohbock strikes World Cup gold on bobsled farewell tour
January 21, 2011
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled pilot Sgt. Shauna Rohbock, of the Utah Army National Guard, (right) and Michelle Rzepka push USA I to a start time of 5.20 seconds in the third heat of the Olympic women's bobsled event at the Whistler Sliding Centre. They finished sixth in the competition with a four-run combined time of 3 minutes, 34.06 seconds. The Canadian duo of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won the gold medal in 3:32.28. Rohbock is considering retiring from the sport after the 2011 World Championships.

National Guard program creates troop, family support networks
January 19, 2011
Farmington was the first community in Minnesota to earn the Yellow Ribbon network designation through the Minnesota National Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. The designation is given to communities or groups that create a sustainable action plan to support troops and their families.

Video earns Wisconsin National Guard ChalleNGe Academy top honors
January 18, 2011
A video about the Wisconsin National Guard Youth ChalleNGe academy won a nationwide competition.