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SECDEF: National Guard vital to national security
March 11, 2014
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and Department of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale testify before the House Armed Service Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. on March 6, 2014. Hagel addressed the 2015 Department of Defense Budget Proposal as remarked on the steps the Department has taken to separate itself from military cooperations with Russia in response to the situation in Ukraine.

Texas Guardmembers earn top marks in disaster response validation exercise
March 10, 2014
Members of the Texas National Guard’s Joint Task Force 136 (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade) conduct the second phase of their 2014 Homeland Response Force external evaluation at Camp Gruber, Okla. The exercise tests their response times, support capabilities and interagency cooperation, which certifies the unit to conduct emergency response operations throughout FEMA Region VI for another three years

Combatant commanders: National Guard builds global partnerships, proven on battlefield
March 7, 2014
Command Sgt. Maj. John Swart, senior enlisted leader with the North Carolina National Guard, talks with a Botswana Defence Force soldier in a recent visit Swart made during a State Partnership Program engagement in the southern Africa country. North Carolina almost doubled its SPP engagements in 2013. As mobilizations overseas trend downward, the North Carolina Guard has used their SPP relationships as one tool to sustain readiness and training proficiency. (Photo courtesy of North Carolina National Guard)

Pennsylvania Army Guard upgrades to latest version of the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle
March 7, 2014
An M2A2 ODS-SA Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the latest addition to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s armored vehicle fleet, sits on display during an unveiling ceremony for the vehicle at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. The upgraded Bradley Fighting Vehicle features embedded training and diagnostic systems, programmable displays, a thermal view for the driver, inertial navigation and upgraded armor protection. Additionally, the new vehicles offer greater combat capabilities, are safer to operate and easier to maintain than former variants, said officials.

Michigan Army Guard artillery, aviation units conduct cold weather sling load and howitzer live fire exercise
March 7, 2014
A CH-47 Chinook with a slingloaded M-777 155mm howitzer flies overhead as Soldiers with the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery Regiment, use picks to remove inches of ice in order to set up their howitzers during a live fire exercise at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, Mich. Soldiers from the battalion conducted training on cold weather and slingload operations, transporting, setting up and firing their howitzers in temperatures that got down to -30 degrees

Soldier takes the reins as Kentucky Army Guard’s first female chaplain in 25 years
March 6, 2014
Army Maj. Angela White, a chaplain with the Kentucky Army National Guard's 1204 Aviation Support Battalion, raises her right and is sworn in as a chaplain in the Kentucky Army Guard by Army Lt. Col. Yong Cho, state chaplain for the Kentucky Guard during an appointment ceremony in Frankfort, Ky. White, who served as a mechanic in the Air Force and then as an Army nurse prior to her current duties, bears the distinction of being the first female chaplain in the Kentucky National Guard in 25 years.

Social media offers many benefits, but Guard members must remain aware of its risks
March 6, 2014
National Guard Bureau Seal

Senior leader spouses gain program awareness, enhance camaraderie
March 5, 2014
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, talks with spouses of senior National Guard leaders about different programs that support service members during a brunch held Feb. 26, 2014, at the vice president's official residence in Washington, D.C. The brunch was part of a two-day program that increased senior leader spouses' awareness of military programs.

Arizona Soldiers, U.S. CBP unite to secure border hot spot
March 4, 2014
Army Staff Sgts. Joaquin Lopez, left, and Ruben Cruz, assigned to the Arizona Army National Guard’s 2220th Transportation Company, offload concrete barriers in Naco, Ariz., near the Arizona-Mexico border, March 1. The Soldiers partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deliver the barriers from El Centro, Calif., as a way to accomplish training on convoy operations while supporting CBP efforts along the border.

Alaska Air National Guard rescues five near Knik River
March 4, 2014
Members of the 212th Rescue Squadron take part in training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 21, 2011. Squadron members recently assisted in the rescue of five individuals from an ice floe near the Knik River in Alaska.

Latest East Coast winter storm triggers response from more than 300 National Guard members
March 3, 2014
A Virginia National Guard Soldier conducts maintenance checks on a Humvee to prepare for possible winter storm response operations March 3, 2014, in Fredericksburg, Va.

Alaska Air National Guard units complete massive 'Lava Rescue' training exercise
March 3, 2014
An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk hovers over the Pacific Ocean five miles off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii during a search and rescue exercise mission as part of the Alaska Air National Guard's Lava Rescue 2014 exercise the last two weeks of February.

Georgia Guard member is related to famed anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman
February 28, 2014
Air Force Staff Sgt. Barricia McCormick, a paralegal with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, reviews legal cases during a drill weekend at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Feb. 8, 2014.

Guard members from three states perfect the medevac trifecta on Afghan duty
February 28, 2014
Sgt. 1st Class Dave Cornell from Charlie Company 1-168th (C Company 1-168) General Support Aviation Battalion is hoisted aloft to a UH-60 Black Hawk demonstrating a single-man rescue during hoist training.

Father, son serve in Illinois Air National Guard wing
February 27, 2014
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Wesley F. Paver, 182nd Mission Support Group first sergeant, and Airman 1st Class Jared A. Paver, fire protection specialist with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Ill.

International relationships strengthened during Iraqi delegation visit
February 27, 2014
Equipment used by the 33rd Civil Support Team displayed during an Iraqi delegation visit to the District of Columbia National Guard Feb. 26, 2014.

North Dakota National Guard announces new African partnerships
February 27, 2014
Brig. Gen. Abalo Kadangha, chief of defence staff for the Togolese Armed Forces, presents Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, with a memento Jan. 14, 2014 during Sprynczynatyk's visit to the Togolese Republic.

'Small Steps to a Healthier You' challenges Guard Soldiers and community
February 27, 2014
Guard Your Health is kicking off its 'Small Steps to a Healthier You' challenge on March 1, 2014.

Michigan Airman joins Air National Guard to say 'Thank You' to America
February 26, 2014
Airman 1st Class Elvira Shani serves an Airman during lunch at the Dining Facility at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb. 8, 2014. Shani, a native of Albania, joined the Michigan Air National Guard on the day before her 40th birthday.

Alaska Black Hawk crews interrupt training to assist stranded snow machine rider
February 26, 2014
A pair of Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters taxi after pilots land at the Alaska Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Nome April 17, 2012. Similar craft assisted a stranded snow machine rider Saturday.