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Arizona National Guard's weapons of mass destruction team trains for nationwide response
June 30, 2014
Members of the Arizona National Guard's 91st Civil Support Team and the Air Force Reserve's 729th Airlift Squadron construct loading ramps on the cargo bay door of a C-17A Globemaster III during a static load training exercise at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. The two units worked together to enhance the rapid deployment capability of the Arizona's weapons of mass destruction response force June 24.

Alaska National Guard continues partnership with Mongolian armed forces
June 30, 2014
Alaska Army National Guard Sgt. Edsel Huynh, 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, carries medical supplies off a 168th Air Refueling Wing KC-135, after arriving in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 16, 2014. Approximately 100 Alaska Guard members are participating in Exercise Khaan Quest 2014, a multinational training exercise designed to strengthen the capabilities of U.S., Mongolian and other partner nations for effective participation in international peace support operations worldwide.

Colorado Guard member welcomed as new NATO Headquarters Sarajevo commander
June 27, 2014
Navy Adm. Bruce W. Clingan, commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe, commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa, passes the North Atlantic Treaty Organization colors to Army Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Petty, a Colorado National Guard member, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Butmir, Bosnia, June 25, 2014. Petty took over command from Air Force Brig. Gen. Merle D. Hart, an Air Force Reservist and outgoing commander of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo.

Vermont Army Guard rotation at Fort Polk a success
June 27, 2014
A medic with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, renders aid to a police chief during a simulated chemical attack as part of training, June 18, 2014 at Fort Polk, La. The Vermont Army National Guard’s 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) is in the middle its Decisive Action Training Environment rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, and is the first and only National Guard unit to take part in a rotation at JRTC this year.

Air National Guard Bands kick off 2014 national summer tour
June 27, 2014
Senior Airman Rayla Emminger, of the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, performs in Bossier City, Louisiana, June 25, 2014. The Band of the Southwest is one of five regional bands that make up the Air National Guard Bands.  The Bands are scheduled to perform up to 60 shows this summer throughout the U.S. in order to maximize community outreach and tell the Air Guard story to the general public through music. (Air National Guard Bands photo)

Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group completes earthquake response exercise
June 26, 2014
Personnel from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group push cargo off of a Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during exercise CAPSTONE ’14, a disaster response training exercise held at Fort Campbell, Ky. The 123rd CRG joined forces with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element to transport supplies and cargo as part of the exercise scenario.

California Guard Special Forces helping train Nigerian army to counter Boko Haram
June 25, 2014
A California National Guard Special Forces Soldier from Los Alamitos-based Special Operations Detachment-U.S. Northern Command and Company A, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), reviews a sand table map with a Nigerian soldier in Nigeria in June.

Fabled 65th Infantry Regiment honored in Puerto Rico
June 25, 2014
The adjutant general of Puerto Rico, Brig. Gen. Juan J. Medina Lamela, listens to the personal story of a veteran Borinqueneer after the roundtable The Borinqueneers: Then and Now: The Evolution of the 65th Infantry Regiment, in San Juan.

Airmen wrap up African partnership program exercise
June 25, 2014
Chief Master Sgt. Bill Wunderlin 130th Rescue Wing loadmaster, demonstrates how to hook up a winch during a joint exercise in Dakar, Senegal, June 19, 2014.

Combat dive training challenges National Guard Special Forces in Key West
June 25, 2014
Florida Army National Guard Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, surface after a 500-meter underwater swim at the U.S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School in Key West, Fla., June 24, 2014.

Historians' Corner - A firestorm where the Guard began: Great Salem fire of 1914
June 25, 2014
A view of the great fire in Salem, Massachusetts, on June 25, 1914, as seen from Gallows Hill. National Guard units responded in force to assist civilian authorities with managing the disaster.

New York Army Guard Soldiers learn to save comrades' lives
June 24, 2014
New York National Guard Staff Sgt. James Passantino, a member of the  727th MP Detachment, checks the  airway on a training mannequin during Combat Lifesaver Training conducted by the 106th Regional Training Institute here on Saturday, June 21, as Staff Sgt. Dara Cunningham, an instructor, watches.

Guard instrumental in bridging electronic gap between DoD, VA through medical case file evaluation processes
June 24, 2014
A Service member shelves patient medical records at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. March 26, 2009. The Army National Guard has been a pioneer in the transition from paper files to electronic files through the use of self-designed medical readiness systems like Health Readiness Record and Medical Evaluation board Preparation. The Department of Defense based their electronic Case File Transfer system off of the Army Guard's MEB Prep system.

Army announces 33,000 positions now available to women
June 23, 2014
Soldiers of the 501st Special Troops Battalion go on a ruck march June 19, 2014, at Camp Carroll, South Korea.

Flooding in Minnesota, South Dakota leads to Guard response
June 20, 2014
Members of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 235th Military Police Company, based out of Sioux Falls, tie sandbags at the Dakota Valley Elementary School parking lot, June 19, 2014, in North Sioux City for community members in the Union County area. About 147 SDNG members are assisting state and local emergency management officials in flood operations in southeast South Dakota in response to the rise in water levels along the Big Sioux River.

Commentary - Recommit to addressing alcohol use
June 20, 2014
A U.S. sailor gives a simulated breathalyzer test during a simulated drunk-driving accident during a Keep What You've Earned fair at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, July 16, 2013, in Silverdale, Wash.

Total force approach in North Dakota aims to enhance leadership training for future NCOs
June 20, 2014
Tech. Sgt. James Richey, an instructor from the Chief Master. Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger Airman Leadership School at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, right, instructs students about the rules of an interactive knowledge contest during ALS classroom instruction at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, North Dakota, June 12, 2014, as Senior Airman Christopher Mann looks on.

New Mexico Army National Guard aviators train with Marine counterparts
June 20, 2014
Marines at Twenty Nine Palms refuel a New Mexico National Guard helicopter during joint training.

Kentucky Air Guard and U.S. Army establish crucial cargo hub for earthquake response
June 19, 2014
Sgt. Claribel Lopez Feliciano, yard boss for the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, signs a manifest for cargo from Staff Sgt. Kevin Freese, an aerial porter for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, before the cargo is shipped to a staging area called the forward node during Capstone '14, a homeland earthquake-response exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., on June 18, 2014. The 123rd CRG is joining with the 688th RPOE to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening here from June 16 to 19, 2014.

More than 300 South Dakota National Guard members helping after tornado and flooding
June 18, 2014
More than 120 members of the South Dakota National Guard were responding June 18, 2014, after being activated to assist after flooding.