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Iowa National Guard gives rabies education to Afghan health professionals
March 31, 2011
Dr. Mohammed Ghalib, Kunar provincial veterinarian, sits with health professionals at Asadabad Hospital during a rabies prevention and control education session here March 9. Members of the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team and Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team provided the training for the health care professionals.

Oklahoma Guard ADT shares forestry, animal care techniques in Paktya
March 31, 2011
Army Spc. Jack McComas, a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, talks to farmers from the Dand Patan district, March 13, 2011. McComas, one of the ADT’s specialists in animal husbandry, talked to the farmers about how to properly care for a variety of animals.

Wisconsin National Guard members selected for all-female Special Forces team
March 31, 2011
Army Capt. Nicole Zupka, a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task
Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during Female
Engagement Team training on Bagram Air Field, Feb. 3. Four Wisconsin
National Guard Soldiers have recently been selected for this program. Female
Engagement Team training teaches Dari and Pashto language, Afghan culture,
Afghan religion and many other lessons to prepare for future engagements.

Alabama National Guard assists with Japan relief efforts stateside
March 30, 2011
Senior Airman Kenya Capers, 460th Force Support Squadron, helps a Department
of Defense family member through in-processing March, 24, 2011. Operation
Pacific Passage was a joint service tasking that came together to facilitate
the needs of the many family members who would arrive at the airport.

North Dakota National Guard flood response readiness stronger than in previous years
March 30, 2011
A National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew drops several one-ton
sandbags on the spill-way of the Clausen Springs Dam near Kathryn, N.D.,
April 15, 2009. The one-ton sandbags are being lowered and positioned into a
place on the dam spillway so they will divert over-flowing water away from
an eroding area of the dam, caused by high water levels. The dam spill-way
is considered a flood water retarding structure designed to gradually
release rain water and spring melt from the dam reservoir. The erosion
occurring on the dam spillway is threatening to allow larger volumes of
water than intended to over-flow into a creek.

Florida National Guard assists with finance issues in Iraq
March 30, 2011
Spc. David Street with the 1153rd Financial Management Detachment assists a
customer at the Camp Liberty Finance Office on Camp Liberty, Iraq, March 21,
2011. The 1153rd FMD, a Florida Army National Guard unit, covers a
split-operations mission at Victory Base Complex - which includes Camp
Liberty - and Forward Operating Base Union III. By fulfilling its most
critical role of resolving service members' pay problems, the detachment
helps ensure Soldiers stay mission-focused. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt.
Jennifer Sardam)

Afghan, coalition forces join in New Year celebration
March 29, 2011
Engineer Lali Zadran, Paktya director of agriculture and irrigation, plants a tree at Forward Operating Base Gardez during an Afghan New Year celebration, March 27, 2011. The trees were donated by the Oklahoma National Guard's 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team as a symbol of growth in the province.

Alaska Guardmembers complete first UTA on JBER
March 29, 2011
Members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing watch as the Wing's aircraft fly over the base, Feb. 12, 2011. Eleven aircraft from the 176th were flown from Kulis to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during a ceremonial flight.

Earnhardt Jr. falls to 12th position in points race after Sunday’s race in Fontana
March 29, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, races around the track at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., March 27, 2011. Dale Jr. finished the day with a 12th place finish, moving him down into 12th place in the points race.

Zabul farmers harvest livelihood from National Guard ADT
March 29, 2011
Ahmed Mohammad holds a honeycomb frame while a beekeeper pulls another from a hive at a Qalat City nursery, March 24, 2011. Arkansas Agricultural Development Team 2 provided three Zabul farmers will beekeeping training and equipment in order to help increase the production of orchards through cross pollination.

Wisconsin Guard Youth ChalleNGe graduates begin AmeriCorps service
March 28, 2011
Eight recent graduates from the Wisconsin National Guard's Challenge Academy have been inducted into the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in Vinton, Iowa. Pictured are (front row) Taylor Maciosek and Devan Farnsworth; (second row) Samantha Czerkas, Theda LeFlore and Samuel Puchalla; (back row) Starr Spencer, Ryan Skiff and Brett Hrdlicka.

New York Guard Soldiers to compete in international shooting match
March 28, 2011
Some of the New York Army National Guard Soldiers chosen to compete in the South African National Defense Force 2011 Regional Combat Rifle Competition pose at Watervliet Arsenal after fulfilling requirements for the trip. Standing, Staff Sgt. Dennis Rick, Sgt. Maj. Anthony Coluccio, Sgt. 1st Class Arthur Evans, an alternate, Spc. Matthew Melendez and Cpl. Jonathan Patton. Kneeling, Spc. Masami Yamakado and Spc. Jason Grossman. Other Soldiers who are part of the team were not available for the photograph.

Texas Guard hosts multinational combat arms exercise
March 28, 2011
Two Texas Army National Guard Uh-60 Black hawks conduct training missions during a Red Flag exercise March 2-6, 2011. The Black hawks were preparing to insert the Czech/US Multi-National Assault Force near the enemy village, amid heavy surface to air fire.

Air Guard diminishing the ‘human factor’ one Airman at a time
March 28, 2011
Air Force Staff Sgt. Ramey Hubbard completes an inspection after making fuel 
leak repairs on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, 
Ariz. Aircraft maintainers like Hubbard are embracing Maintenance Resource 
Management at an increasing rate to reduce the human factor in preventable 
mishaps. Under MRM, all risks are assessed before an Airman picks up his tools 
and any maintainer, regardless of rank, can halt operations if a danger is 

Colorado Guardmembers, Reservists rescue civilians from wrecked, burning car
March 28, 2011
Remains of a green sedan following a fiery, one-car crash on Airport Road in Aurora, Colo., March 6, 2011. Seven Soldiers and Airmen rescued two victims from the burning car. The group was composed of Colorado National Guardmembers and Army Reservists who were on their way to drill that morning.

Guard part of Total-Force team supporting Operation Tomodachi
March 28, 2011
Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Lee talks with the rest of the crew before unloading a pallet of water March 26, 2011, at Sendai Airport, Japan. The water that was airlifted to Sendai Airport is part of the more than 1.5 million pounds of water being moved from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to Northern Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi. Lee is assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron.

Study: Suicide prevention programs work
March 28, 2011
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Defense Department asks spouses to share employment ups, downs
March 25, 2011
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Cannabis substitute 'Spice' now illegal
March 25, 2011
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Defense Department asks spouses to share employment ups, downs
March 25, 2011
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