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Illinois Guard trains with Polish military
June 3, 2011
A team of Illinois National Guard Soldiers with the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package treat a simulated casualty during the Epifactor 2011, a series of crisis management exercises held May 21 to 25, 2011, in Warsaw, Poland.

Ambassador praises National Guard
June 3, 2011
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Neil Stockfleth of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, officer-in-charge of the agriculture section for the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team, briefs U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry on agriculture issues during a visit to Kunar Province June 1. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn)

Returning Guard members face challenging labor market, general tells Congress
June 3, 2011
Army Maj. Gen. James Tyre

Guard members critical to flying operations
June 3, 2011
455th Air Expeditionary Wing

Minister Hits Bottom to Rise as an Army Guard Chaplain
June 3, 2011
Capt. Harold B. Bender, deputy division chaplain for the 36th Infantry Division, is a former Baptist youth and recreational activities minister who lost everything, including his ministry, after a divorce. He enlisted in the Army in 2004 because he said he had nowhere else to turn. An encounter with a helpful chaplain at his advanced individual training led him to the Chaplain Corps and a new ministry -- and an even stronger relationship with God.

National Guard’s tornado, flood response jumps to 5,000 over past week
June 3, 2011
Staff Sgt. Walstad (left) and a group of Soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard's 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) and 814th Medical Company (Area Support) help build up a sandbag dike for a homeowner along Nordic Lane in Bismarck, N.D., June 2, 2011.

Guard, Reserve employers earn top Defense Department honor
June 2, 2011
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve logo

Half-a-lap short on fuel, Earnhardt finishes 7th at Charlotte
June 2, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard NASCAR racecar, leads the race on its final laps just before running out of fuel with only have a lap to go at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Dale Jr. remains in fourth place in the Sprint Cup series points race.

Up to 1,000 Guard members respond to Mass. tornadoes
June 2, 2011
Joe Potter sits with his mother, Kate Potter, in front of what is left of her
home in Springfield, Mass., on June 2, 2011, the morning after a tornado is
believed to have gone through the area. The damage in the front yard of the
Potter home is what is left of their neighbor's home, which was completely

Retiring N.D. Vietnam veteran among last in Air Force
June 2, 2011
Air National Guard Seal

By the numbers: 4,300 Guard members responding to U.S. floods
June 1, 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)

Illinois National Guard members still fight their own battles after war
June 1, 2011
Jim Young, a doctor at Rush Medical Center University, teaches a class about traumatic brain injuries and head trauma to service members of the Advance Trauma Training Program at Rush University.

National Guard fights floods in multiple states
June 1, 2011
Spc. Kerry B. Thompson (from foreground), of Bismarck; Spc. Jacob Knain, of Rugby, and Staff Sgt. Jesse Walstad, of Bismarck, help build a sandbag dike at a house along Nordic Lane in Bismarck, N.D., June 2, 2011. The North Dakota National Guard Soldiers serve with the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) and the 814th Medical Company (Area Support) and are spread out throughout the Bismarck and Mandan communities to help hold back the rising Missouri River. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Amy Wieser Willson, North Dakota National Guard Public Affairs Office)