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President Obama meets with Illinois Guard SPP troops
May 31, 2011
President Barack Obama and President Bronislaw Komorowski review troops during the arrival ceremony in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, May 28, 2011. The president also met with Illinois National Guard troops participating in the State Partnership Program.

Illinois National Guard Soldiers tour historic Poland
May 31, 2011
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Louisiana Guard completes Haiti mission
May 31, 2011
Army Col. Paul Phillips, an Army Reserve surgeon with Task Force Bon Voizen, discusses the prognosis of a traffic accident victim with a Haitian physician at St. Nicolas Hospital May 19, 2011. New Horizons, Haiti 2011 - Task Force Bon Voizen is a Commander, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, U.S. Army South-conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard.

In the aftermath: National Guard a beacon of hope in Joplin
May 31, 2011
Pvt. First Class Jesus Ramos, 1139th Military Police Co., Missouri Army National Guard, directs traffic at a storm-damaged intersection near St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., on May 24, 2011. Ramos is part of a Guard contingent mobilized to assist local law enforcement with traffic control and other duties in the wake of the devastating tornado. Ramos said he just completed two weeks of state emergency flood duty in Mississippi County before being transferred here to assist with rescue and recovery efforts.

President taps Dempsey, Winnefeld as chairman, vice chairman
May 31, 2011
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks with U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey prior to the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 29, 2011. (Department of Defense photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

Vermont Guard medevac crew braves storm, saves Soldier
May 31, 2011
An HH-60M medevac helicopter crew of Company C, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, evacuates an injured Soldier from Contingency Operating Site Cobra, Iraq, April 4, 2011. The medevac crew flew in low visibility and blowing dust conditions in order to reach the injured Soldier and safely transport him to a medical facility.

National Guard helps British Withdraw from Iraq
May 27, 2011
Army Capt. Shawn D. Nokes, commander of the 1244th Transportation Company, prepares a trailer after a convoy on May 15, 2011, at Umm Qasr Iraq. Nokes is lowering the landing legs for the trailer as a safety precaution.

Memorial Day
May 27, 2011
The annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America's fallen military service members is scheduled for Monday, May 30 at Arlington National Cemetery.

North Dakota National Guard responds in force to combat rising waters
May 27, 2011
Citizen-Soldiers of the North Dakota National Guard fill and load sandbags at
a spider sandbag machine at the Northern Plains Commerce Center in Bismarck
N.D. on May 25, 2011. (North Dakota National Guard photo by Bill Prokopyk)

Wicked weather: The National Guard responds
May 27, 2011
Missouri National Guard Soldiers with the 117th Engineer Team work search and
rescue missions in Joplin, Mo., just hours after a deadly tornado passed
through on Sunday. (Missouri National Guard photo by Ann Keyes) (Released)

Air Guard Executive Safety Summit focuses on core values
May 26, 2011
Joseph Angello Jr., director of operational readiness and safety in the office of the secretary of defense, talks at the Executive Safety Summit on May 3, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. The Air National Guard is without a doubt the safety leader when it comes to the entire Department of Defense, Angello said. We take a lot of the ideas from the ANG safety tool box and implement them throughout the Department of Defense, he said.

D.C. Air Guard refueling trucks provide "Green Gas" to Thunderbirds
May 26, 2011
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Bowman, 113th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Lab technician, from the D.C. Air National Guard, fuels up an U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft with an alternative bio-fuel blend made up of 50 percent camelina-based bio-fuel and 50 percent regular Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) fuel, while Air Force Staff Sgt. Luke Miller, Thunderbird aircraft maintainer, watches. More than 3,000 gallons of bio-fuel was mixed with 3,000 gallons of JP-8 for use by the Thunderbirds for the 2011 Joint Service Open House.

Air Guard critical care transport mission brings father, son together
May 24, 2011
Air Force 1st Lt. Brian Myers, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot, 183rd Airlift Squadron, Mississippi National Guard, and his father, Air Force Col. Charles Myers, state air surgeon for the Arkansas National Guard, pose for a photo after landing at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Camp Springs, Md., March 15, 2011. The father-and-son duo had the opportunity to work alongside one another as part of the Air Guard CCATT mission.

Earnhardt Jr. humbled as Fan Vote-in for All-Star race in Charlotte
May 24, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, races around the track with the Dale Jr. Foundation paint scheme at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Jr. was the Sprint Fan Vote of the All-Star race, and finished in 14th. This race did not affect the Sprint Cup series points race.

Dr. Biden: Nation appreciates Guard members’ courage, strength
May 23, 2011
Dr. Jill Biden wishes Army Spc. Jezerie Blango of Newark, Del., good luck at his deployment ceremony in Harrington, Del., on May 21, 2011. Blango is deploying with the Delaware National Guard's 1049th Transportation Company.

National Guard completes largest-ever exercise
May 23, 2011
Members of the 434th Chemical Company, Minnesota National Guard CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Explosives) Emergency Response Force Package, assist a role-player posing as a victim during a Vigilant Guard event at Volk Field, Monday, May 16. Vigilant Guard is a state wide exercise that demonstrates how local, state, and federal agencies would collaborate in response to real-life emergencies. CERFP teams provide immediate response capablities to large contaminations. 112th Mobile Public Affairs

Missouri Guard activates after weekend storms; several states see damage
May 23, 2011
National Guard Soldiers with the 294th Engineer Company work search and
rescue missions in Joplin, Mo., just hours after a deadly tornado passed
through on May 22, 2011.

Flying with an Air Guard master
May 20, 2011
Air Force Lt. Col. John Klatt, the pilot of the Air National Guard's stunt
plane, practices techniques with Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Orrell riding
along in the front seat to gain a firsthand experience of what a stunt flyer
does, May 19, 2011. Klatt flies a Panzl S330 at most of the major air shows
across the United States, sharing the story and spreading the awareness of
the Air National Guard.

139th Airlift Wing provides C-130 Hercules transport to FEMA
May 19, 2011
A C-130 Hercules from the 139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard taxies after completing a competition mission at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., on July 20, 2009.

Kentucky Guard stands up Joint Air Operations Center for earthquake exercise
May 19, 2011
Airmen and Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard staff a Joint Air Operations Center at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base In Louisville, Ky., on May 17, 2011. The JAOC is supporting a major earthquake-response exercise by prioritizing and allocating air assets for missions into affected areas across the state.