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Wyoming Air Guard members exchange aeromedical evacuation knowledge with Tunisian partners
June 14, 2012
Medical personnel of the Tunisian military prepare for training at the Medlite 2012 exercise in Bizerte, Tunisia, May 22, 2012 with members of the Wyoming Air National Guard. The Wyoming National Guard and Tunisia have been partners through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program since 2004. Wyoming Air National Guard personnel have participated in a number of exercises and exchanges in Tunisia since the partnership began.

Kuwait: Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers train to recover air resupply drops
June 14, 2012
Soldiers of the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion and 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, recover a resupply air drop that used the Joint Precision Aerial Drop Systems near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The JPADS were dropped from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft as part of a training exercise in the region.

Michigan Air National Guard unit bolsters activities at Estonian air base during exercise Saber Strike
June 14, 2012
Estonian air force Lt. Col. Roman Timofejev, left, talks with Lt. Col. Robert Seeley on the flight line at the Amari Air Base in Estonia, June 10, 2012. Michigan Air National Guard airmen deployed to Estonia in mid-June 2012 in support of Saber Strike 2012, a multinational exercise based in Latvia and Estonia.

South Carolina Air National Guard pilot realizes childhood dream to fly fighter jets
June 14, 2012
Air Force 1stt Lt. Andrew Lehman, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, prepares to fly his first combat sortie April 20, 2012. Lehman is deployed from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., and provides close air support for troops on the ground in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Cook)

Wyoming Air Guard members exchange aeromedical evacuation knowledge with Tunisian partners
June 14, 2012
Medical personnel of the Tunisian military prepare for training at the Medlite 2012 exercise in Bizerte, Tunisia, May 22, 2012 with members of the Wyoming Air National Guard. The Wyoming National Guard and Tunisia have been partners through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program since 2004. Wyoming Air National Guard personnel have participated in a number of exercises and exchanges in Tunisia since the partnership began.

Afghanistan: New York Army National Guard member teaches refresher class on Afghan criminal law to local police officers
June 13, 2012
Army Maj. Roderick J. Cassidy, center, a member of the New York Army National Guard deployed with the judge advocate general office of the U.S. Army Stabilization Transition Team, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, goes over aspects of Afghan criminal law to leaders of the Afghan Uniformed Police Qalat Substation 1 as he conducts a refresher class in Afghan criminal law at the Provincial Meeting Center in Qalat City June 5, 2012. Cassidy taught a refresher course on Afghan criminal law to the Afghan police officers as a way to build greater law enforcement capacity within the AUP.

Latvia: Air and Army National Guard members train as part of Saber Strike exercise
June 13, 2012
Soldiers from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's B Company, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team take part in a cordon and search exercise at the Adazi Training Area, Latvia, during Saber Strike 11, a multi-national training exercise that includes roughly 2,000 participants from the U.S., Canada, U.K and several other European nations.

New York Army National Guard engineers transform section of Erie Canal into park and trail area
June 13, 2012
Soldiers from New York Army National Guard's 204th Engineer Battalion level trees and remove underbrush from the ruins of the Erie Canal in Cohoes, N.Y., as part of a project to transform the canal area into a park and trail area, June 11, 2012. The project is part of Innovative Readiness Training, which allow Army National Guard and Army Reserve units the ability to take part in local community projects when the work involves the unit's combat tasks and the job is not something the municipal workforce or a private company would ordinarily be able to accomplish.

South Dakota National Guard kicks off international exercise Golden Coyot
June 12, 2012
Ugandan People's Defense Forces medical provider Lt. Biira Kabonesa (left) and U.S. Army Cpt. Alexander Alba, a physician's assistant with Task Force Raptor, 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, demonstrate applying an improvised tourniquet May 15, 2012. Alba and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Guillermo Navarro, an emergency physician with Expeditionary Medical Facility, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, attended an Advanced Combat Seminar here, May 14-18. U.S. service members are conducting various military-to-military exchanges in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, whose mission is to build partnerships with nations in East Africa.

Michigan Air Guard firefighters exchange best practices during Saber Srtike 2012
June 12, 2012
Two Estonian firefighters converse during a drill at Amari Air Base, Estonia, in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker operated by the 171st Air Refueling Squadron, 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, June 11, 2012. Michigan Airmen deployed to Estonia in mid June 2012 in support of the Saber Strike Exercise, a multinational exercise based in Latvia and Estonia.

South Dakota National Guard kicks off international exercise Golden Coyote
June 12, 2012
Soldiers from the 860th Military Police Company, Arizona Army National Guard, and the Danish Home Guard Force Protection Platoon, conduct a joint patrol on West Camp Rapid during the Golden Coyote training exercise June 10, 2012, near Rapid City, S.D. National Guard, U.S. Reserve and international forces use the exercise as an opportunity to conduct joint training in support of overseas contingency operations and homeland defense.

Exercise Makani Pahili tests Hawaii's hurricane preparednes
June 11, 2012
A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force package team participating in Operation Makani Pahili 2012, extracts a mock-victim from a rubble pile June 5, 2012 in Oahu, Hawaii. The exercise, which took place June 4 to June 8, was a state-wide, multi-agency emergency response exercise designed to test Hawaii's capabilities in the case of a natural disaster.

North Carolina Army National Guard Transportation Co. rolls with the changes
June 11, 2012
The North Carolina National Guard's 1452nd Transportation Company, 113th Sustainment Brigade, has conducted missions in three different countries over the past 10 months. The "Rough Riders" have remained ready, proactive and flexible throughout their deployment, which has seen them in Iraq, Kuwait, and now Afghanistan.

Panetta Calls for Leadership on Suicide Prevention
June 11, 2012
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UPDATE: Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming National Guard battling wildfires
June 11, 2012
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Colorado Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation, drops 500 gallons of water from a specialized bucket onto the Lower North Fork Fire in the vicinity of Conifer Colo., March 28, 2012.

Arizona Army National Guard aviators prepare for fire season
June 8, 2012
Soldiers from the Arizona Army National Guard's Company A, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment use a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to draw and drop water through the use of a buoy wall and a Bambi Bucket during wildfire firefighting training at the Buckeye Armed Forces Reserve Center, Ariz. The training is designed for aviators from the Arizona Army Guard to receive validation by the Arizona State Forestry Division in order to provide aviation support to state wildfire emergencies. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren DeVita)

South Dakota Army National Guard assists in hiker rescue in Badlands National Park
June 8, 2012
Soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard land a UH-72 Lakota helicopter in a parking lot while assisting the National Park Service in a rescue mission in Badlands National Park, near Interior, S.D., June 7, 2012. Four Soldiers assisted in a cable-hoist extraction of a park visitor who was hiking, fell and was injured on Notch Trail.

Idaho National Guard partnership with Cambodia gains momentum
June 7, 2012
Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Maj. Srey Saran, left, shows a radiator problem he discovered to Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Wohlers, a vehicle maintenance instructor with the Idaho Army National Guard's Regional Training Site Maintenance Facility, during a preventative maintenance checks and services inspection May 17 near Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wohlers was one of six vehicle maintenance and logistics experts from Idaho's RTSM to go on the subject matter expert exchange. The Idaho-Cambodia partnership began in 2009 and this is Wohlers' third visit to Cambodia.

Exercise Kontra I Piligru tests Guam National Guard's maritime response
June 7, 2012
Members of the Guam National Guard's 94th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) examine barrels that were simulated to have washed ashore and said to contain unknown chemicals during Kontra I Piligru, a two-day multi-agency maritime exercise held recently on the island of Guam.

Humanitarian aid bound for Haiti, delivered by Kentucky Air National Guard
June 7, 2012
Air Force Staff Sgt. Raymond Graves III, an air cargo specialist with the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, secures cargo netting on a pallet of humanitarian goods bound for Haiti. The Kentucky Air Guard is transporting humanitarian aid items through a program with the U.S. Agency for Internal Development, something they did in 2010 after an earthquake struck the country.