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Idaho Air National Guard firefighters help douse blaze in Boise
October 11, 2012
Staff Sgts. Damon Williams, left, and Jeffrey Sawmiller, 124th CEF, and the 4,000 gallon water tender responded to the off-base house fire that was caused by a charcoal grill Sept. 23.

Capital Shield Exercise preps D.C. National Guard for Inauguration
October 11, 2012
D.C. National Guard members recently participated in training with other agencies to help protect the nation's capital.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Witham nominated as Deputy Director Air National Guard
October 11, 2012
Brig. Gen. James Witham was photographed in the Pentagon on April 20, 2012.

Monique Muncy honored with second-highest private citizen award
October 11, 2012
Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, Director of the Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., presents the Chief of Staff of the Air Force award for exceptional public service to Monique Muncy, wife of Chief Master Sgt. Christopher E. Muncy, Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., during Chief Muncy's retirement luncheon at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Muncy retired after thirty-five years of service to his country and held the position of Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard since May 2009.

Family Matters Blog: DoD teacher finds crossroads in U.S. education
October 9, 2012
Angela Wilson, the Defense Department Education Activity's Teacher of the Year, accepts an award from Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in the Pentagon, Oct. 2, 2012.

Wis. National Guard's Challenge Academy directs troubled teens
October 9, 2012
Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy Cadet Taelor Davis explains her binder to Dr. Tony Evers, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction superintendent, and Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, adjutant general of Wisconsin, during a visit to the Challenge Academy.

Vote now for your choice of best Army PT uniform
October 9, 2012
One of the design options for the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform.

Odierno, Jill Biden announce education milestone for military kids
October 5, 2012
Jill Biden speaks about being a military mother during a "Joining Forces" campaign event on educating educators at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Oct. 3, 2012.

Florida Soldiers hit the waves for Key West exercise
October 5, 2012
A member of the Florida Army National Guard's Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, exits a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an airborne training exercise in Key West, Fla., Sept. 27, 2012.

Troops at risk to predatory schools, businesses, spending
October 5, 2012
Holly Petraeus, the assistant director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the Office of Service Member Affairs, sits next to Command Chief Doug Hensala, state command chief for the Wyoming Air National Guard, as they both listen to Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, adjutant general for Wyoming, during a discussion on potential financial pitfalls for troops, Oct. 4, 2012.

MAFFS units set records this wildfire season, full of highs and lows
October 5, 2012
Air crews in two C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, follow a U.S. Forest Service lead plane during Modular Airborne Firefighting System training April 16, 2012, over Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyo. Air National Guard air crews recently wrapped up a near record breaking wildfire season, dropping more than 2.4 million gallons of fire retardant and water while battling wildfires in the western U.S.

Georgia Army National Guard members train Burundi military
October 4, 2012
Master Sgt. Derek Gill demonstrates proper use of portable scales with the assistance of an interpreter. Gill and fellow Georgia Army National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Samuel Perez trained more than 30 Burundi soldiers during a two-week Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team training known as ADAPT.

Army's first cantor spreads word of Torah in Middle East
October 4, 2012
First Lt. David Frommer leads a small group of service members and civilians in the chanting of the Torah. A chaplain of four years, Frommer has conducted several celebrations of the biblical holiday Sukkot (Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles), but this was his first in the Middle East.

Presidential Inaugural joint task force is now in business
October 4, 2012
Parade participants march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2009 presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.

E-payments required for TRICARE Reserve Select and Retired Reserve monthly premiums
October 3, 2012
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In and outside the classroom, Wisconsin Guard members immerse themselves in Spanish
October 3, 2012
Anna Holt, Spanish instructor at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition, Inc., teaches sentence structure as Military Engagement Team members learn and take notes, Sept. 17. The Military Engagement Team, consisting of 10 Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers spent two weeks in San Juan, Puerto Rico learning the language and about Spanish culture.

Multi-force Operation Deep Freeze underway in Antarctica
October 3, 2012
An LC-130 Hercules waits on the ice at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Nov. 21, 2011, after returning from a scheduled Operation Deep Freeze re-supply mission to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Operation Deep Freeze provides airlift support to the National Science Foundation, which manages the United States Antarctic Program.

Mobile devices would enable more nimble operations, official says
October 3, 2012
Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler said National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a good time to consider what is involved in adopting mobile communications.

Family Matters Blog: Panel addresses exceptional issues
October 2, 2012
The Exceptional Family Member Program affects many military families, with enrollment expected to reach nearly 94,000.

New York Soldiers guide Afghan National Police to the future
October 2, 2012
Lt. Col. Russell Clark with his interpreter in an opium poppy field as Afghan National Police (ANP) use sticks to hack off the plants' seed pods before they can be used to make heroin.