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New York National Guard will help safeguard Times Square New Year's celebration
December 31, 2014
A New York National Guard Soldier and Airman assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield keep an eye on the crowd coming and going in New York City's Pennsylvania Station Amtrak terminal on  Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. The two are part of the New York National Guard's  500-member State Active Duty force that assists  the Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department, the Bridge and Port Authority Police Department and the Amtrak Police at New York City's airports and key transit terminals. The uniformed National Guard members do not have arrest authority but provide additional eyes and assist police when requested.

National Guard looks back on a busy 2014
December 31, 2014
Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Brigade Combat Team perform health and welfare checks of abandoned and stranded vehicles during winter storm operations Feb. 13, 2014. More than 200 Va. Guard personnel were staged across the Commonwealth and ready to rapidly respond if needed by Virginia State Police or local emergency response organizations. Across the nation, Soldiers and Airmen responded to assist their local communities.

Vigilant National Guard Airmen and Soldiers will help safeguard revelers in Las Vegas and New York
December 31, 2014
Spc. James Jackson, left, and Sgt. Christopher McClung of the 485th Military Police Company monitor activity in the baggage claim area at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on a previous New Year’s Eve while participating in the Vigilant Sentinel exercise. About 200 Nevada Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise that coincided with the New Year’s holiday.

Alaska Air Guard members rescue hypothermic snowmobiler
December 30, 2014
An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, practices “touch and go” maneuvers at Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Dec. 17, 2014. A similar craft rescued a snowmobiler.

After 13 years, Operation Enduring Freedom concludes in Afghanistan
December 29, 2014
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan DeAngelis signals during a power check on an F-16C Fighting Falcon on Feb 4, 2012, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.  DeAngelis is an F-16C crew chief deployed from the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard. Officials announced the conclusion of combat operations in Afghanistan.

New York National Guard provides military funeral services to 11,300 New York families in 2014
December 24, 2014
New York Army National Guard Spc. Christopher Roderiguez salutes the flag held by Pvt. Shelbi Vanderbogart as they complete folding the flag to be presented to the family of Army veteran Harold Smith during graveside services in Hudson, N.Y., Dec. 17, 2013.

Utah National Guard Soldier breaking down barriers for women
December 22, 2014
1st Lt. Alessandra T. Kirby, platoon leader from A Company 489th Brigade Support Battalion in Spanish Fork, was selected for the O/A program after a grueling one-week evaluation at Fort Benning Nov. 9-15.

D.C. Air National Guard wraps up exchange with Jamaican Defence Forces
December 22, 2014
Sgt. Girard King, left, and Jamaican Defence Force civilian vehicle mechanic Dean Kemp, right, work on a 2.5-ton Jamaican Defence Force freightload truck while Senior Airman Renardo Butler, center, observes Dec. 10, 2014. King is a vehicle mechanic with the 273rd Military Police Co., D.C. National Guard, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, and Butler is a vehicle mechanic from the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The D.C. National Guard Capital Guardians are participating in a subject matter expert exchange with the JDF under the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.

On 25th anniversary of Panama invasion, South Carolina Guard members recall their roles
December 19, 2014
Maj. Dave King, State Partnership Program director for the S.C. Army National Guard, looks through a homecoming parade program from Operation Just Cause, Dec. 18, 2014, Columbia, S.C. King was a junior officer serving in the 4-6th Infantry battalion, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Fort Polk, Louisiana, when his unit was deployed to Operation Just Cause in Panama in December of 1989.

Army training keeps Soldiers resilient during holidays, all year
December 18, 2014
Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom are served Christmas dinner from their command group at Bagram Airfield, Dec. 25, 2012. Maintaining communication with family and battle buddies is important in helping a Soldier stay resilient and connected when deployed, said a master resilience trainer.

South Carolina and Colombia foster relationships through SPP
December 17, 2014
Col. Brad Owens, South Carolina National Guard director of plans, training and operations, uses an engineering simulator while on a monthlong state partnership engagement between the S.C. National Guard and members of the Colombian Army in Colombia, November 2014. The South Carolina National Guard established a formal state partnership with Colombia in 2012 and has conducted multiple engagements to share ideas to assist the Colombian Army with equipment maintenance programs.

California's 129th Rescue Wing saves man from fishing vessel
December 17, 2014
California Air National pararescuemen  begin extraction to a hovering HH60-G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter, Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Waimanalo, Hawaii, April 28, 2014. The objective for the Guardian Angel Team assigned to the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, California., was the recovery of civilian personnel from a downed aircraft. The wing saved a man at sea on Dec. 15, 2014.

Conference focuses on building greater diversity within the National Guard
December 17, 2014
Army Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, and Army Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, acting director of the Army National Guard, sign the National Guard Bureau Diversity Strategic Plan at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Savannah, Georgia, Dec. 10, 2014.

Wisconsin Air Guard marks 30 years of 'North Pole' rendezvous for young patients
December 16, 2014
Destiny Cottrell, 18, tells Santa what she wants for Christmas as she flies to the 'North Pole.'  The annual Flight to the North Pole was hosted by the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Milwaukee Dec. 13, 2014 here.

Pararescuers are Air National Guard's 'quiet professionals'
December 15, 2014
Air Force pararescue jumpers with the 102nd Rescue Squadron simulate recovering a downed F-16 pilot during training at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, New York, March 25, 2013.

Danish military preps for Saber Strike 2015 in Pennsylvania with 28th Infantry Division
December 15, 2014
Personnel from the Danish Division meet with Pennsylvania Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig during a visit to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania., Dec. 11, 2014. The Danish Division is on a seven-day collaborative planning visit to Pennsylvania to prepare for Saber Strike 2015 with the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Utah Soldier honored for rescuing three from crashed plane
December 12, 2014
Chief of National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank Grass presented the Soldier's Medal to Staff Sgt. Robert Kelley on Dec. 6, 2014, at Camp Williams for his heroism during a civilian plane crash where he saved three lives on Aug. 10 in West Jordan, Utah.

Nevada Guard assistant adjutant general kicks off Diversity Speaker Series at Air National Guard Readiness Center
December 11, 2014
Air Force Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry, the assistant adjutant general for Air with the Nevada National Guard, speaks to those in attendance at a mentorship session at the Air National Guard Readiness Center at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, during the kickoff event for the Air Guard's Diversity Council Speaker Series, Dec. 5, 2014. During his talk, Berry touched on components that make good leaders, stressing how personal growth, passion and coaching others are all tied together in making an organization successful.

Silicon Valley's 129th Rescue Wing Receives national recognition for diversity initiatives
December 11, 2014
Brig. Gen. Nathaniel S. Reddicks, assistant adjutant general-air for the California National Guard), right, accepts the National Guard Bureau Excellence in Diversity award from Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, on behalf of the CNG’s 129th Rescue Wing on Dec. 10, 2014, during the National Guard Diversity Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The award is presented each year to one Air Force unit and one Army unit as well as multiple individuals who made significant contributions to diversity in the National Guard.

South Dakota Guard member honored for saving veteran from blazing car crash
December 10, 2014
Army Sgt. Nathan Darrach, of Joint Force Headquarters, stands with Darrol Birk and Birk’s girlfriend, Brenda Nelson, after being presented the South Dakota National Guard Medal for Valor, Dec. 6, 2014, in Rapid City, S.D., for heroism displayed while assisting Birk in a
fatal three-vehicle crash.