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Pennsylvania counterdrug Soldiers lend a helping hand in Harrisburg
May 30, 2014
First Lt. Chad Korrel, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Medical Detachment, and Sgt. Derek Kessler, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, cut boards to place over the windows and doors of condemned buildings in Harrisburg, Pa. The project was intended to secure the structures from vandals and drug abusers.

North Dakota's 219th Security Forces Squadron surges into missile field
May 30, 2014
From right to left Senior Airman Scott Leithheiser, Senior Airman Trent Obrien, and Tech. Sgt. Cody Chick, all of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, return from the gate of a Minot Air Force Base, N.D., missile alert facility, after granting access to authorized personnel entering the facility May 20, 2014.

After hiatus, New York Air Guard pararescue jumpers show their stuff at air show
May 30, 2014
Six 103rd Rescue Squadron pararescue jumpers (PJs) launch from an HC-130 aircraft at the Jones Beach Air Show May 24, 2014.  Piloted by the 102nd RQS, the 103rd PJs completed a 1,500 feet static line drop from the HC-130.

Indiana National Guard celebrates 20 years of partnering with Slovak Republic
May 30, 2014
Maj. Craig Maschino briefly describes the capabilities of their thermal imaging system to the Indiana adjutant general, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, and Slovakian Chief of Defense Lt. Gen. Milan Maxim as well as members of the Slovakian Army and Indiana National Guard.

Terminally ill Nevada Soldier gets surprise promotion
May 29, 2014
James Chandler, Nevada Army National Guard combat engineer with the 609th, is promoted to captain by Lt. Col. Wilson de Silva of the 17th Sustainment Brigade, Nevada Army National Guard. Chandler, who has terminal cancer, was surprised in his home for the ceremony.

Michigan Soldiers in Latvia for joint exercise
May 29, 2014
Lt. Gen. Raimonds Graube, Latvia's chief of defense, speaks with U.S. Army paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade following a training exercise May 25, 2014, at Military Camp Adazi, Latvia. The paratroopers, based in Vicenza, Italy, are in Latvia conducting allied training exercises demonstrating the U.S. Army's ongoing commitment to its NATO allies.

Guyana military partners observe Florida National Guard’s role in hurricane exercise
May 29, 2014
Members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) visit the Florida National Guard Joint Operations Center in St. Augustine, Fla., May 20, 2014. The Guyanese military personnel visit coincided with the state’s annual hurricane exercise which simulated emergency response efforts to manage an evolving hurricane in Florida.

Exercise builds better warfighters
May 28, 2014
Soldiers and Airmen of the Texas Military Forces' 36th Infantry Division and 209th Weather Flight with the 42nd Infantry Division participate in a Warfighter training exercise, May 2014, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Air National Guard member molds future Airmen
May 28, 2014
Air Force Staff Sgt. Maria Escobar, a military training instructor with the 737th Training Group, goes over uniform items with trainees during basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, May 20, 2014. Escobar, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, volunteered for MTI duty to teach and mentor future Airmen. Air Guard members can apply for MTI duty and after fulfilling their four year assignment, return to their home units.

Arizona Guard member works to memorialize fallen Soldier
May 23, 2014
Arizona Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Marcos Moreno, 1/285th Regional Training Institute, explains his plan to rename Sunnyside Park in Tucson in honor of Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Barreras, who died during military operations in Afghanistan. Barreras was a 1983 graduate of Sunnyside High School located next to the park.

Pennsylvania National Guard unit sharpens skills in NATO exercise
May 23, 2014
The 28 ID Chief of Plans Lt. Col. Michael Wegscheider, second from left, and plans officer Maj. John Tippett review exercise battle plans with Belgian Kapitein Nicolas Six and Canadian Maj. Marc-Andre Langelier, right.

Arizona, Kazakhstan Soldiers exchange vehicle maintenance ideas
May 22, 2014
Army Sgt 1st Class James Akers, left, and Kazakhstan Army Staff Sgt. Dumon Moldrakhman, discuss high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, or Humvee, maintenance information at Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix May 12 - 16. Since 1994 the Arizona National Guard has partnered with Kazakhstan as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

Behavioral health: Army, Air Guard resources you should know about
May 22, 2014
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Wisconsin street dedicated in honor of fallen Guard member
May 21, 2014
A shadow box dedicated to Sgt. Ryan Adams hangs on a wall in the Army National Guard armory in Rhinelander, Wis., with Adams’ picture and awards. The display serves as a remembrance of his service and sacrifice for fellow Soldiers.

Cyber warriors flex digital muscle at 2014 Cyber Shield exercise
May 20, 2014
Ken Foster, a computer network analyst with the California Army National Guard Computer Network Defense Team, assists one of his fellow analysts to defend against a simulated virus attack during the 2014 Cyber Shield exercise at the National Guard Professional Education Center in North Little Rock, Ark., April 30, 2014.

Pennsylvania Guard members place among top four teams at Sullivan Cup armor competition
May 20, 2014
Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard perform repairs on an Abrams tank track as part of qualifying round of the Sullivan Cup armor competition at Fort Benning, Georgia, May 7, 2014.

Missouri Guard member keeps the troops laughing
May 20, 2014
Sgt. 1st Class John Snider, the project site noncommissioned officer in charge of the Las Carretas site and member of Missouri's 35th Engineer Brigade, begins each work day with a joke. "I like to get everyone laughing before we work," Snider said. "It lightens the mood, gives your mind a release, and gives everyone a good laugh before we get to work."

Lithuanian partners join Pennsylvania Airmen and Soldiers in Vigilant Guard
May 20, 2014
Capt. Vilius Berzanskas of the Lithuanian Army briefs Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Pennsylvania State adjutant general, during the morning update briefing for the Vigilant Guard training exercise in May, 2014.

Michigan National Guard hosts suicide intervention workshop
May 19, 2014
Army Capt. Paul Lepley, 126th Cavalry Squadron, Michigan National Guard, facilitates an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course at Fort Custer Training Center, Battle Creek, Mich., on April 29, 2014. The course is part of the Army National Guard Ready and Resilient Campaign and is the first of three classes held this year to train Michigan Guard Soldiers and Airmen to recognize and intervene with members who are at risk for suicide.

Illinois National Guard rehearses earthquake response with Polish Land Forces
May 16, 2014
Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Slawomir Latka, with Company C, 341st Military Intelligence, 65th Troop Command (standing center) explains earthquake response operations to Lt. Col. Piotr Lisowski (left) and Maj. Zbgniew Smykovski (right) of the Polish Land Forces.