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ROUND-UP: Significant week in Defense Department news
April 30, 2011
Department of Defense Seal

Panetta would bring decades of service to Pentagon
April 30, 2011
Department of Defense Seal

Texas Guard's Afghan ties growing roots
April 30, 2011
Army Maj. Gen. Darren Owens, special assistant to the director, Army
National Guard, helps plant a tree symbolizing cooperation between Afghan government officials and National Guard Agricultural Development Teams during a
ceremony at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C

Congolese teach important skills in disease prevention to U.S. service members during MEDLITE 11
April 29, 2011
KINSHASA, Democratic Repulic of Congo -- Congolese Col. Omer Djembe Kitenge, Coordinator of the fight against malaria for the DRC military, answers questions from U.S. military members during a Congolesian lead training at the Centre Superior Militiare Academy here today as part of MEDLITE 11. MEDLITE 11 is a joint medical exercise focused on aeromedical evacuation, to improve the readiness of U.S. Air Force and DRC personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Todd Wivell)

Tornado damage to Lambert Air National Guard base tops $10 million
April 29, 2011
Cleanup efforts continue at the 131st Bomb Wing just days after a category
EF2 tornado hit Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport and swept across
the Lambert-Saint Louis Air National Guard Base, April 22, 2011. No injuries
were reported to Air National Guard personnel, but there was widespread
damage across the south side of the base. Estimates for repair to the base
could top $10 million.

New York National Guard to host US/Canada senior military leader conference
April 28, 2011
Canadian army soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Novia Scotia Highlanders (North), prepare to fire on a range at Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 16, 2009.

Department of Defense Issues Purple Heart Standards for Brain Injury
April 28, 2011
Military Order of the Purple Heart

UPDATE: About 3,000 Guard members respond to domestic weather-related disasters
April 28, 2011
About 1,100 Alabama National Guard members are supporting civilian
authorities after tornadoes ravaged the state Wednesday.

National Guard tackles deadly storms, fires, floods
April 28, 2011
Kentucky National Guard members Army Pfc. David Barrow, Army Spc. Tommy
Wyatt and Army Pvt. Cedric Bransford, 2113th Transportation Company, assist
local residents in flood relief mission in Oscar, Ky., April 27, 2011.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver) (Released)

Iowa Guard Agribusiness Development Team saves Afghan man's eyesight
April 28, 2011
Spc. Daniel Kersbergen, security forces team member with the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, administers an intravenous fluids bag to Roz Amin, an injured Afghan road worker, as Army Staff Sgt. Michael Martinez, the ADT's senior combat medic, supervises at the Sarkani District Center April 25, 2011.

New York Guard family program says family readiness is key to Guard success
April 27, 2011
Greg Stevens (right), 4-H community educator, helps Dokota Mattern, 8, build a bluebird house during a natural resource lab as part of the N.Y. National Guard Family and Youth Training Workshop, April 16, 2011. The N.Y. National Guard Youth program provides support and skills training in leadership, mentoring and resource coordination that reflect the unique needs of military children.

Exchanging aeromedical evacuation training across the continents
April 27, 2011
Lt. Col. Mark Desjardins (right) speaks with military members representing the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Rwandan attendees of MEDLITE 11, April 26, 2011, at Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. MEDLITE 11 is a joint medical exercise focused on aeromedical evacuation, to improve the readiness of U.S. Air Force and DRC personnel. Colonel Desjardins is a family practice doctor with the Rhode Island Air National Guard's 143rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. John Orrell)

West Virginia Army Guard wins national competition
April 27, 2011
West Virginia National Guard courtesy graphic.

Iowa Agribusiness Development Team helps youths get orchard training
April 27, 2011
Haji Hazrat Ali Gul says farewell to Army Master Sgt. Bill Dunbar, processing specialist for the 734th Agribusiness Development Team, Iowa National Guard, as Dunbar and other members of the ADT prepare to depart after checking on orchard training for high school students from the Shegal District at the Bar Chage Demonstration Farm north of Asadabad, Afghanistan, April 23, 2011. Gul owns the land the demo farm is on and worked with Dunbar to make it a fruit-production training site for high school students.

Iraq Withdrawal Agreement Still Stands, Mullen Says
April 27, 2011
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses service members assigned to United States Division-Center during a visit to Camp Liberty, Iraq, Friday, April 22, 2011. Mullen spoke with the troops about the drawdown in Iraq, what future deployment timeframes may look like and the continued role of the Guard and Reserve in those deployments.

While Guard aircraft relocate, MAFFS maintain firefighting capabilities
April 27, 2011
Air Force Lt. Col. Greg Ervin, 115th Airlift
Squadron, California Air National Guard, surveys the Oasis wildfire as they
prepare to dispense fire retardant to assist firefighting efforts in West
Texas, April 26, 2011. Ervin is a C-130J Hercules pilot and is
trained to fly with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System installed in
order to aid in the firefighting efforts.

MEDLITE 11 benefits from the unique experiences of National Guard members
April 27, 2011
Air Force Staff Sgt. Amber Weaver, an aeromedical evacuation technician with
the Wyoming Air National Guard's 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
(foreground) conducts an inventory on inflight medical kits while Air Force
Tech. Sgt. Matt Larson, a medical material craftsman with the Minnesota
ANG's 109th AES reads off the inventory checklist as part of MEDLITE 11
preparation, April 26, 2011, at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic
Republic of the Congo. MEDLITE 11 is a joint medical exercise focused on
aeromedical evacuation, to improve the readiness of U.S. Air Force and DRC

South Carolina Air National Guard welcomes Moroccan air force officials
April 26, 2011
Capt. Fassi Fehri, left, a pilot with the Moroccan air force, receives an F-16 orientation flight, from Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Lambe, commander of the 169th Operations Support Flight at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. Fehri is to become Morocco's first F-16 fighter pilot. Through the State Partnership program with the Utah Air National Guard, the 169th Fighter Wing from the South Carolina Air National Guard has agreed to assist the Moroccan air force with their transition to F-16 fighter operations.

Air Guard senior enlisted leader: Are you telling your story?
April 26, 2011
Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, Air National Guard
Command Chief, talks with crewmembers from the 201st Airlift Squadron during
a visit to District of Columbia Air National Guard, April 17, 2011. The
Chief was invited to talk with the Airmen of 113th at an informal town hall
meeting and also visited work centers around the wing.

Total force brings aeromedical evacuation training to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
April 26, 2011
Air Force Lt. Col. June Oldman, the mission director for MEDLITE 11 exercise
here, speaks with local members of the media after the opening ceremony,
April 25, 2011. MEDLITE 11 is a joint medical exercise focused on
aeromedical evacuation training, to improve the readiness of the U.S. Air
Force and DRC personnel.