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Defense Department launches sexual assault helpline
April 15, 2011
Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and 
readiness, Department of Defense, cuts the ribbon, officially announcing the 
DoD Safe Helpline for sexual assault support at the Pentagon April 15, 2011. 
The event followed an award ceremony that recognized the top sexual assault 
response coordinator from each of the active duty services, including National 
Guard member, Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Wilkinson (left), Minnesota National 

First Lady, Dr. Biden urge military family support
April 15, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about the White House's "Joining Forces" 
military family support campaign to a crowd of National Guard and local 
families as Dr. Jill Biden stands by during a "Joining Forces" community event 
in Columbus, Ohio, April 14, 2011. The event was the final stop on Obama and 
Biden's two-day tour around the nation to spotlight communities doing 
outstanding work to support military families.

Guard’s Quick Response Force protects veteran’s home from river
April 15, 2011
Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Williams and Air Force Staff Sgt. Sam Wagner, both 
of the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron, toss sandbags along a line of Soldiers 
and Airmen who are members of a North Dakota National Guard quick response 
force team April 14, 2011, near Kindred, N.D. The QRF were responding to a 
request from a rural farm resident, living along the Sheyenne River, for 
sandbag assistance to create a flood levee barrier to rising water around his 
house.  As of April 14, more than 500 N.D. National Guard Airmen and Soldiers 
were conducting flood operations in North Dakota, with the vast majority in 
Cass County.

SMA visits Guard Soldiers at BCTC-Leavenworth
April 15, 2011
SMA Raymond F. Chandler III fields questions from ARNG Soldiers at the BCTC-Lvn on April 14, 2011.

Guard’s Quick Reaction Force holds back Maple River’s move toward farm
April 14, 2011
Air Force Master Sgt. David Bush, of the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron,
right, is one of several members of a North Dakota National Guard quick
response force team throwing sandbags into the bucket on a farm tractor
April 12, 2011, near Enderlin, N.D. The QRF is responding to a request from
a farm resident through the Cass County Emergency Operations Center for
sandbag assistance to create a flood levee barrier to rising water around
his house. The tractor is one of the few vehicles light enough and high
enough to cross a precarious section of flooded roadway leading to the
farmstead without damaging the road.

Kentucky Guard ADT helps Afghans open soybean facility
April 14, 2011
Haji Abdul Robate Qahir (far left), the Director of the Baston Seed Company,
cuts the ribbon across the entrance of his new soybean processing facility
in Bagram, April 2, 2011. Mohammad Sharif Sharif (back left), an engineer
with Soy Nutrition Services Afghanistan, Abdul Kabir Farzam (center), the
Parwan Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, and Shamir Amiri
(right), the Panjshir DAIL hold the ribbon for Qahir.

National Guard biathletes on target with Wounded Warriors assist
April 14, 2011
Dennis Hooper, a retired Army Soldier and Wounded Warrior biathlete,
sit-skis toward the finish line of the Mammoth Winter Biathlon on March 26
in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Fifteen National Guard biathletes assisted at the
event, which marked the first time Guard athletes were sent to an event
primarily to support a Wounded Warrior competition.

White House urges Americans to support military families
April 14, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a White House ceremony, April 12, 2011,
which launched a national initiative that calls on all sectors of society to
join forces to support and honor service members and their families.

North Dakota Guard state partner visits during flood
April 13, 2011
Army Staff Sgt. Jason Horner, of the 81st Civil Support Team, displays some of his unit's equipment for Col. Isaac Mensah Tetteh, director of land operations at the General Headquarters for the Ghana Army, and Kofi Portuphy, national coordinator for the National Disaster Management Agency, at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck, N.D., April 11, 2011.

Army National Guard leaders visit Soldiers in Iraq
April 13, 2011
Army Maj. Gen. Raymond W. Carpenter, acting director of the Army National
Guard, listens as Army Capt. Donald Nodora, the 297th Area Support Medical
Company commander, California Army National Guard, briefs him on medical
procedures at the Troop Medical Facility on Contingency Operating Base
Basra, Iraq in early April.

Dale Jr. earns fourth top-10 finish this season, is sixth in points race
April 13, 2011
The pit crew of Dale Earnhardt Jr.,driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, feverishly works to get their car and driver out of pit road, at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas., April 9, 2011. The ninth-place finish netted by Earnhardt moved him up into the sixth position in the championship standings.

Mississippi National Guard Airmen gain new mission with AFNORTH
April 13, 2011
Army Maj. Gen. William Freeman, Mississippi adjutant general, and Air Force
Maj. Gen. Alex Roberts, commander of the Mississippi Air National Guard,
preside over the presentation of the guidon from Air Force Col. William
Platt (center facing), commander of the 286th Air Operations Group at
Meridian Air National Guard Base, April 8, 2011.

Secretary Gates visits with United States Division–Center soldiers in Baghdad
April 12, 2011
Army Spc. Michael O'Keefe (left), Army Spc. Nicole Toothman (second from
left), and Army Spc. Christina Watson (center), along with other Soldiers of
the 116th Cavalry Brigade, listen as Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
(right) discusses current events and policy changes with troops serving in
support of Operation New Dawn under United States Division--Center at Camp
Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq, April 7, 2011.

Connecticut Guard K-9 unit participates in Exercise Balikatan 2011 in Philippines
April 12, 2011
Army Sgt. Jeffrey R. Holyst, 11th Military Working Dog Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, gets "Jury," a MWD to bite his toy while U.S. Soldiers and Airmen exchanged K-9 training techniques with their Philippine military counterparts at Clark Field, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan 2011, April 7, 2011. The training helps maintain readiness and sustain the long-term security assistance relationship shared between the two countries.

Dempsey lays out themes for tenure as Army chief
April 12, 2011
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.

Wyoming Youth ChalleNGe cadets become college students
April 12, 2011
Andrew MacKenzie, a cadet at the Wyoming Youth ChalleNGe Program, works on
computer application courses at Eastern Wyoming College, in Torrington,
Wyo., April 5, 2011. Nine of Wyoming’s cadets passed the GED exam and
enrolled in the pilot program for cadets at the college. They are enrolled
in computer application courses, study skill classes and vocational

Stavridis: National Guard State Partnership Program resources well-spent
April 11, 2011
Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Serbian Army Lt. Gen. Miloje Miletic, chief of staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, review Serbian troops following McKinley's arrival in Belgrade, Serbia, on Sept. 10, 2010, for National Guard State Partnership Program activities.

First Lady, Dr. Biden to launch family-support initiative
April 11, 2011
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, meets with attendees and
Guard members of the Delaware Air National Guard’s 166th Airlift Wing’s call
to arms ceremony. The 166th is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan and
Southeast Asia to provide logistical and aeromedical evacuation support to
Soldiers and Marines in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

North Dakota Guard steps up technology in 2011 flood fight
April 11, 2011
Staff Sgt. Nick Suko, left and Sgt. Justin Valenti are members of the North
Dakota National Guard Joint Task Force East participating in flood-fighting
operations April 6, 2011, at the North Dakota Air National Guard, Fargo,
N.D. The high-tech flood-fighting operations center is being manned 24-hours
per day until it is no longer necessary.

More than 60 years of Florida Air Guard history finds home
April 11, 2011
Air Force Col. (Ret.) Frank Kozdras in The Frank W. Kozdras Heritage Center at the St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine, Fla., March 30, 2011.