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North Carolina Guard prepares Moldovan Army for peacekeeping
June 30, 2011
Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles Young, North Carolina National Guard member, observes as soldiers of the Moldovan army's 22nd Peace Keeping Battalion crouch after hearing the alarm for an explosion device found on their mock base during a training exercise here June 24, 2011. The 22nd PKB soldiers participated in exercises to show off their capabilities as a unit before their NATO evaluation, a weeklong exercise called Peace Shield 2011 that kicked off June 27.

Guarding the D.C. skies: Ohio Guard prepares for second National Capital Region tour
June 30, 2011
Army Pfc. Michael Forrest, a gunner with the Ohio National Guard's Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, crouches atop a Humvee to receive a Stinger missile launch tube from his team leader Army Sgt. David Cook while performing Avenger missile reload procedures May 13, 2011. The unit’s Soldiers will operate the Avenger missile system later this year during Operation Clear Skies, which is a mission to protect the airspace over the National Capital Region.

Nebraska Guard Soldiers apply military experience to flood response
June 30, 2011
Nebraska Army National Guard members assigned to the 623rd Engineer Company patrol a Missouri River levee near the town of Peru, Neb. The Soldiers have been assisting local and county emergency management officials by conducting multiple patrols of the threatened levees to detect any possible signs of trouble. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Justin Zdan) (Released)

Wisconsin Guard Soldiers have blast shooting cannons after six-year hiatus
June 30, 2011
The howitzer crew from Gun 3, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery celebrates as they inspect their cannon following a successful first shot. Deployments have silenced the 120th's cannons for six years. 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat team.

Army Guard members act quickly, save elementary school from flood
June 29, 2011
An Army Guard UH-60 Black Hawk prepares to drop one-ton sandbags on a dike to
keep it from deteriorating any further June 27, 2011. The dike is the only
thing holding back the floodwaters in Minot, N.D. from overtaking the
elementary school, which is the only one in the city that remains dry.

Recovery: Minot citizens, Guard members change gears as water recedes
June 29, 2011
Floodwaters overwhelmed several neighborhoods in the Minot, N.D., area, reaching the south part of the city, pictured in the background here June 26, 2011. The National Guard and civilian agencies were able to construct levees to hold back the water and keep it from destroying more properties.

Finding a safe place: Soldier volunteers to help victims of sexual assault
June 28, 2011
Army Maj. Paula Rodriguez, a traditional Guard member with the Texas Army National Guard is the deputy sexual assault prevention and response coordinator and brings her volunteer duty and experience with her to southern Iraq. In her hometown of Austin, Texas, she manages the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program and works with the military and local community to provide the care needed for sexual assault and domestic violence victims by assigning advocates to them.

Florida National Guard producing alternative fuels at Camp Blanding
June 28, 2011
Jessika Blersch, the sustainability coordinator for the Florida National Guard's Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, pumps methanol into a biodiesel processor while processing vegetable oil from the installation's Consolidated Dining Facility into biodiesel. The cleaner-burning biodiesel is used to fuel state maintenance vehicles and saves the Guard money while also reducing the amount of waste that comes out of the installation.

DoD officials seek input to update MWR services
June 27, 2011
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Tanker's first flight over top of the world marks new era in efficiency
June 27, 2011
Views from a KC-135 Stratotanker reveal icy plateaus over the Arctic on June 22,2011. A tanker crew from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., flew over the North Pole for the first time June 21 to 22, as part of an “iron swap” mission along a new, more efficient route from Moses Lake, Wash., to the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

First Moroccan F-16 pilots to complete training with Arizona Air Guard
June 27, 2011
Royal Moroccan Air Force Maj. Mouloud Chihani performs a preflight check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Tucson International Airport before a training mission July 7, 2010. Chihani and three other Moroccan pilots are the first F-16 pilots in their air force and will lead the way to establish a new squadron of block 52s when they return home July 2011.

National Guard works to make water safe for North Dakota hospital
June 27, 2011
Army Sgt. Burton Atkinson, a water purification noncommissioned officer from the 132nd Quartermaster Company, North Dakota National Guard, tests samples of water that his team purified June 26, 2011 in Minot, N.D. His team of water purification specialists are working to create safe and sterile water for the local hospital after civilian officials sent out a boil order for residents of the flooded city.

Thousands of National Guard members converging on Milwaukee
June 26, 2011
A MATV (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle) seemingly stands
watch over the Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee, site of the
133rd National Guard Association of the United States General Conference and
Exhibition. Military vehicles were part of a static display alongside the Frontier Airlines Center.

20 years later: Former Gulf War POW, current Ohio Air National Guard member remembers captivity
June 24, 2011
Air Force Col. Mike Roberts, the commander of the Ohio Air National
Guard's 178th Fighter Wing, observes Airman Basic Training Dec. 12, 2007, during a
visit to Lackland Air Force Base. Roberts, who will retire later this
year, was a prisoner of war during the Persian Gulf War more than 20 years ago.

Iowa National Guard continues to support Missouri River flood response
June 24, 2011
A UH-60 Black Hawk hooks on to a large bag of sand to deliver to residents
along the Missouri river June 8, 2011. Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from
the Minnesota and Iowa National Guard and a CH-47 Chinook from the Illinois
Army National Guard have been providing support by delivering sandbags to
many of the critical areas along the river and by monitoring critical areas
along the coast line. Over 400 National Guard members have been activated to
provide support to many of the communities along the Missouri who are in danger of flooding.

National Guard units provides needed supplies, saves lives
June 24, 2011
A C-130 Hercules from the New York Air National Guard airdrops much-needed supplies to a forward operating base in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2011. The New York ANG C-130 flew the airdrop mission in conjunction with another C-130 from the Alaska ANG. Airdrops help mitigate the danger of transporting supplies via convoy.

Nebraska National Guard riggers prepare sandbags to protect Omaha airfield
June 24, 2011
Army Spc. Justin Robinson of the Nebraska Army National Guard's Detachment 2,
165th Quartermaster Company, attaches cables to massive sandbags containing
2,000 to 2,500 pounds of sand on June 17, 2011 at Eppley Airfield in Omaha,
Neb. Robinson and several other 165th Soldiers were preparing the bags to be
dropped at a nearby levee in the event of an emergency.

New partnership to expand job opportunities for military spouses
June 23, 2011
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Guard working to ensure safety of Minot citizens
June 23, 2011
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Russo, Lakota, N.D., a member of the North Dakota National Guard’s Devils Lake, N.D. based 3662nd Maintenance Company, patrols one of the mandatory evacuation zones in Minot on June 22, 2011. The patrols help ensure that all citizens have evacuated their homes and to render assistance in the areas threatened by the rising water of the Souris River that has exceeded major flood stage.(Photo by Spc. Cassandra Simonton, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Late-race contact sends Earnhardt into the wall, finishes 21st
June 23, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, sits in his pit box as the No. 88 pit crew rushes to get the National Guard NASCAR racecar back into the race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday June 19, 2011.