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DOD seeks input from Guard, Reserve employers
June 13, 2011
Department of Defense Seal

Wyoming Guard members, ANSF train together
June 13, 2011
Army Sgt. Andy Monnin, a flight medic with Company C, 5th Battalion, 159th
Aviation Regiment, Wyoming Army National Guard, hooks two soldiers to a UH-60
Black Hawk hoist at Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, on June 3, 2011.
The exercise was training to reinforce the skills of the medics assigned to
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd
Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, and to train
Afghan National Security Forces in evacuation procedures.

Georgia Guard mentors Latvian Army in Operation Summer Shield
June 10, 2011
A Latvian soldier engages targets with a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle mounted .50 machine gun during an exercise as part of joint U.S./Latvian training for Operation Summer Shield in Adaži, Latvia, on May 24, 2011. Latvia is paired with Michigan in the National Guard State Partnership Program.

Alaska National Guard “Guardian Angels” save 107 in Afghanistan
June 10, 2011
Air Force Maj. Jesse Peterson and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris Uriarte conduct tactical training in the mountains of Afghanistan, April 22, 2011.

Four Iowa National Guard Soldiers wounded in Afghanistan
June 10, 2011
Army Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Wilczak

Texas Guard member taking care of Soldiers in Iraq
June 10, 2011
Trust is a key ingredient when dealing with Soldiers -- or with a parrot named Loco, who “runs” the headquarters office of al-Bahar and Bardawil Service, the company in charge of maintaining and fixing all non-tactical vehicles for the U.S., British and Iraqi personnel living and working on Contingency Operating Base Basra. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Leon, the readiness noncommissioned officer for B Company, 36th Division Special Troops Battalion, has become a familiar and friendly face at B & B Service, a place he visits frequently when he puts on his additional hat as the contracting officer representative.

SPECIAL: Missouri National Guard assists tornado-devastated Joplin
June 9, 2011
Army Sgt. Eric Wilmarth and Army Spc. Christopher Muiller were manning the check-point station at 20th and Ridgeline in Joplin.

Panetta vows to put national security, troops first
June 9, 2011
Leon E. Panetta

Minor injuries to pilot from Tuesday's F-16 accident
June 8, 2011
OVER THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA -- Two F-16 Fighting Falcons begin to roll into position for a rapid decent during an Operation Noble Eagle training patrol March 16.  The F-16s are assigned to the California Air National Guard's 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno, Calif.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

SPECIAL: 18,479 workdays and counting in extended North Dakota flood fight
June 8, 2011
Army Sgt. Sean Windsor and Army Spc. Joseph Scanlan, of the North Dakota National Guard’s 164th Engineering Battalion of Minot, perform levee patrols in one section of more than 20 miles worth of levees from Minot to Burlington that the Guard is patrolling. Soldiers walk the levees to inspect for any damages that may impact structural integrity, as well as provide a security presence along to river to discourage theft or vandalism.

Joint Chiefs nominee shares vision with Guard senior leaders
June 8, 2011
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chief of staff of the Army, speaks with Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau and Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, Vermont National Guard adjutant general, before Dempsey spoke to National Guard senior leadership during the 2011 Adjutants General Association of the United States annual conference, June 7, 2011.

End of en era: Lesher one of last Vietnam vets serving on Guard active-duty
June 8, 2011
Army Master Sgt. Leland Lesher, the Army National Guard force protection branch noncommissioned officer in charge and an Illinois Guard member, swears the oath of extension and enlistment during a small ceremony at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va., June 7, 2011. Lesher first enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970 and switched to the Guard after returning home from Vietnam. Lesher is one of the last active-duty Guard members who has service time in Vietnam.

Air National Guard pilot safe following aircraft accident
June 7, 2011
OVER THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA -- Two F-16 Fighting Falcons begin to roll into position for a rapid decent during an Operation Noble Eagle training patrol March 16.  The F-16s are assigned to the California Air National Guard's 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno, Calif.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Arizona Guard fights massive wildfire
June 7, 2011
Arizona state flag

Female combat troops to link Afghan women, New York Guard's 27th Brigade
June 7, 2011
Members of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment’s Female Engagement Team learn how to dine politely during an Afghan meal during pre-mobilization training May 31 in Fort Drum. The 10-person FET will act as cultural mediators when deployed to Iraq, which means they will go on combat missions with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, march and fight as they do, and then talk to Afghan women in an effort to understand their concerns.

SPECIAL: South Dakota National Guard fights floods
June 7, 2011
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Company B, 2nd Battalion 238th Aviation, based in Peoria Illinois is being refueled while on the ramp at the Iowa Air National Guard base in Sioux City, Iowa. Members of the 185th Air Refueling Wing based in Sioux City are refueling the helicopter while it is still running. “Hot Refueling” saves time for the air crew who will return to flooded areas along the Missouri River. National Guard Soldiers and from South Dakota, Illinois and Iowa are assisting local and state authorities in Western Iowa and South East South Dakota to protect private properties and municipalities along the swollen Missouri River. 
USAF Photo MSgt Vincent De Groot 185th Air Refueling Wing Iowa Air National Guard (released)

Gates says Guard, Reserve roles need examining
June 7, 2011
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates

Earnhardt is now third in points race after second place finish
June 6, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, takes a few practice laps at Kansas Speedway in preparation for the race June 5, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas. Dale Jr. moves into third place in the Sprint Cup series points race after finishing in second place Sunday.

Nebraska brothers-in-the-Guard serve together
June 6, 2011
Army Sgt. Bob Brewer meets with an Afghan soldier at a checkpoint in the Musahi area of Afghanistan.

Officials suggest new role for operational Guard, Reserve
June 6, 2011
Reserve Affairs seal.