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Colorado and Slovenian Soldiers 'putting your life in a friend's hands'
August 29, 2014
Pfc. Hannah Quaney of the Colorado Army National Guard operates a network computer that facilitates her battalion's automation system during a computer simulated training exercise in Postojna, Slovenia. Immediate Response 14 is a U.S. Army Europe-sponsored exercise hosted by Slovenia this year. IR14 is designed to prepare participating nations for increased contributions to ongoing and future NATO post ISAF operations, while enhancing regional cooperation, confidence, and security assurance among regional Balkan allies.

September is National Preparedness Month
August 29, 2014
Civilian rescue personnel help a flood evacuee and a pug exit a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard at Christman Field in Larimer County, Colo., Sept. 16, 2013. Colorado and Wyoming National Guard units were activated to provide assistance to people affected by massive flooding along Colorado's Front Range.

Vietnamese rescue officials visit Oregon through State Partnership Program
August 29, 2014
Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh (center), Deputy Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People’s Army and Vice Standing Chairman of Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), and other visitors with the VINASARCOM delegation pose for a group photo with their hosts, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (on Minh’s left), Adjutant General, Oregon, and other members of the Oregon National Guard after visiting the Oregon National Guard’s CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore.

Pilot of Massachusetts Guard jet killed in crash was 104th Fighter Wing's inspector general
August 29, 2014
Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. was part of the 104th Fighter Wing based in Westfield, Massachusetts. He was killed Aug. 27, 2014, when his F-15C Eagle crashed in mountainous Virginia terrain. He had been flying  from Massachusetts to New Orleans for a scheduled system upgrade when it went down near Deerfield, Virginia.

Alaska Air Guard rescuers save two men after plane crash
August 28, 2014
An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk, from the 210th Rescue Squadron, performs a simulated search and rescue pattern near the Little Susitna River in Alaska.

South Carolina National Guard welcomes Colombian maintenance partners
August 28, 2014
South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers share maintenance procedures during a visit by a team of Colombian army maintenance and logistics leaders as part of the State Partnership Program between the S.C. National Guard and Colombia, in Eastover, S.C., Aug. 18-22, 2014.

Searchers, bolstered by night-vision gear, continue looking for pilot of downed Guard jet in Virginia forest
August 28, 2014
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen join a multi-agency search effort after a Massachusetts National Guard F-15C crashed Aug. 27, 2014, in Augusta County, Va. Virginia Army National Guard aviators assisted with aerial search and rescue efforts with Lakota and Black Hawk helicopters, Soldiers and Airmen from the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team provided communications and incident management assistance and additional Guard personnel coordinated the overall aviation operation.

104th Fighter Wing jet crashes in Virginia
August 27, 2014
A 125th Fighter Wing F-15C awaits mid-air refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker June 26, 2014, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. A similar craft crashed Aug. 27, 2014, in Virginia.

Army warns Soldiers and families to beware of predatory lenders
August 26, 2014
Soldiers are urged to take advantage of free financial counseling available at all installations, to help avoid the pitfalls that could put them under a mountain of debt.

Active duty and National Guard Soldiers relearn Total Force Policy together
August 26, 2014
An M1A2 SEP Abrams from 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Idaho Army National Guard (middle) and a M1134 Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle from 1st Squadron, 14th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, return from waging mock battle against one another during an eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise, at Orchard Combat Training Center, south of Boise, Idaho, Aug. 14, 2014.

California Guard, volunteer searchers team up for high-flying rescue exercise
August 26, 2014
Volunteer search and rescue team members in El Dorado County, Calif., carry a team member with simulated injuries July 26, 2014, during an interagency exercise with the California Army National Guard.

Army National Guard Chaplains: Past and Present
August 25, 2014
Army Capt. Antoine D. Barlow, a chaplain with the Mississippi Army National Guard’s 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, conducts chapel service during the unit's annual training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Mississippi, Aug. 12, 2012. Army National Guard chaplains not only act as spiritual and religious leaders for Soldiers, but are now involved with behavioral health and family support programs designed to aid Soldiers who may need additional assistance.

Alaska Air Guardsmen conduct middle-of-the night rescue of man
August 25, 2014
An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron flies on a training flight in south central Alaska. The hoist capabilities of the Pave Hawk helicopters provide the rescue assets with the ability to conduct rescue missions in rugged terrain.

Tongan delegation impressed with Nevada Guard and the Silver State
August 22, 2014
Brig. Gen. Tau’aika ‘Uta’atu, Tonga’s top military official, boards a Nevada Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Stead for a tour of northern Nevada on Aug. 19. 'Uta'atu wrapped up his tour of Nevada Guard facilities Wednesday after visiting the 152nd Airlift Wing in Reno.

National Guard Bureau directorate holds event; builds esprit de corps
August 22, 2014
Jessica Wright, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, speaks during the inaugural National Guard Bureau J8 Summer Gala, Aug. 15, 201,4 in Arlington, Va. The event, organized and hosted by the NGB Office of Resource Management and Comptroller, aimed to promote morale and build esprit de corps within the NGB community. Wright, who is also a retired Army National Guard major general and former adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard, was the keynote speaker for the evening.

Historical look: 200-year anniversary of Battle of Bladensburg
August 22, 2014
Colorized drawing of the British march from the coastal town of Benedict, Maryland, to Bladensburg, including the battleground map inset of the Bladensburg campaign.

National Guard enlisted ranks hear from senior leaders during conference
August 22, 2014
Army Gen. Frank Grass, chief, National Guard Bureau, shares his views at the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, 43rd annual conference, Aug. 11, 2014, at the Phoenix Convention Center. The conference allowed Grass and other senior leaders to speak directly to Guard members and answer questions the enlisted ranks might have.

On the fire lines: A day in the life of a California Guard member fighting blazes
August 21, 2014
Army National Guard Soldiers working on Hand Crew 9 for the Lodge Fire in Yreka, Calif., take a water break on Aug. 14, 2014.

Sergeant major of the Army Chandler stresses professionalism in National Guard visit
August 20, 2014
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III discusses the Army profession with enlisted Soldiers assigned to the national capital region and the Army National Guard Readiness Center in a town hall meeting in Arlington, Va., Aug. 15, 2014.  Chandler's visit marked the first time a sitting sergeant major of the Army visited the readiness center.

Minnesota Guard welcomes its first African-American brigadier general
August 20, 2014
David Hamlar Jr. was promoted to brigadier general on Aug. 18, 2014, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.  Hamlar is the first African-American to achieve that rank in the Minnesota National Guard. Pictured with him is Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, the state adjutant general.