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North Carolina National Guard Apache pilots provide support for joint training at Ft. Bragg
September 30, 2014
Staff Sgt. Dwight Williams, a member of the ground crew with the 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, inspects the forward avionics bay on an Apache Helicopter during a training mission at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Sept. 23, 2014. The 1-130th ARB supported a joint training exercise intended to validate the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

Guard readies as Gulf Coast braces for oil spill
September 30, 2014

South Dakota National Guard hosts Native American cultural workshops
September 29, 2014
Dr. Craig Howe, founder and director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, talks about the nine reservations located in South Dakota during a Native American cultural awareness workshop at Camp Rapid, Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 25, 2014. The intent of the workshop was to gain a better understanding of Native American tribes, culture and communities.

Michigan military police train with Latvian partners
September 29, 2014
Michigan Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Edward Williams, with the 210th Military Police Battalion, Taylor, Michigan, helps facilitate traffic accident investigation training along with his Latvian counterparts from the Latvian MP Company, Riga, Latvia, Sept. 23, 2014. The Michigan the Latvian MP’s are training together in support of Operation Silver Arrow, in conjunction with United States Army Europe and Operation Northern Resolve.

Airmen inspire school children in Australian Outback
September 29, 2014
District of Columbia Air National Guard F-16 pilot Lt. Col. Eric Haagenson explains to students how his helmet and flight equipment help him survive and fly a fighter aircraft, during a visit to McFarlane Primary School in Katherine, Australia, Sept. 17, 2014.

Michigan's 1073rd Support Maintenance Company wins top Army honor
September 26, 2014
Michigan National Guard, Greenville-based 1073rd Support Maintenance Company Soldier, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joey North, poses with Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond Odierno, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, G4, Kathleen Miller, and Army Chief of Ordnance Brig. Gen. Jack Haley after receiving the 1073rd SMC’s Army Award for Maintenance Excellence and the "The Best of the Best" awards. The award was given in recognition of the 1073rd SMC’s exceptional accomplishments within the Medium Military Table of Organization and Equipment category.

Florida and Wisconsin Guard Soldiers complete rigorous Pathfinder course
September 26, 2014
Capt. Raymond Nagley, right, of the Florida Army National Guard's 254th Transportation Battalion, takes part in a recon mission as part of a field training exercise during the Pathfinder Course at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., Sept. 24, 2014.

New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing conducts final flight in C-130
September 26, 2014
New York Air National Guard Col. John J. Higgins, commander of the 107th Airlift Wing, is doused by his comrades Sept. 25, 2014, as he steps off of the aircraft following his "fini flight," his final flight as a navigator. It was the 107th Airlift Wing's final flight in a C-130 before converting to the MQ-9 mission.

California National Guard Soldiers train with Indian counterparts in shadow of the Himalayas
September 26, 2014
Yudh Abhyas 2014 took place above 6,000 feet at Ranikhet Cantonment in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Himalayas provided a backdrop for the training.

Army Guard observes Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
September 25, 2014
Doug Windley, the military installations program manager for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, TAPS, and other panelists talk about their personal struggles with suicide during a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month panel discussion Sept. 16, 2014, at Arlington Hall in Arlington, Va. Windley and other panelists shared with the group what saved them from suicide and discussed at length the importance of asking for help with mental health issues.

New York National Guard leads U.S. delegation to South African air show
September 25, 2014
Aircraft of the Flying Lions Aerobatics Team perform in their North American AT-6 Harvard Trainers during the African Aerospace & Defense Exposition outside Pretoria, South Africa, Sept. 17, 2014. The New York Army and Air National Guard sent 15 Airmen and Soldiers, a C-17 Globemaster III transport and an RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle to participate in the show. They were part of a U.S. contingent of 100 service members.

New Mexico National Guard Soldiers assisting following floods
September 24, 2014
New Mexico National Guard Soldiers and civilian rescuers meet following the Guard's activation to assist following floods late last week.

U.S. military honors National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 23, 2014
Armando Trull, a Washington D.C.-based broadcast journalist, discussed issues regarding the increasing role of Hispanics in the nation during a ceremony in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month at Arlington Hall, Sept. 18, 2014 in Arlington, Va. Soldiers, Airmen and civilians working at the National Guard Bureau and the Army National Guard Readiness Center attended.

Airmen and Soldiers from Guam and Hawaii help rebuild Philippines school
September 23, 2014
Engineers from the Guam National Guard and the Armed Forces of the Philippines work together to rebuild damaged classrooms and buildings at Marasbaras National High School in Tacloban City, Philippines, following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan last November.  The project was part of the State Partnership Program.

Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck urges reduction of Guard suicides to zero
September 22, 2014
Army Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck, right, special assistant to the director of the Army National Guard, along with Navy Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, left, surgeon general of the Navy, speaks during a panel discussion about the mental health challenges facing the Army Guard during a Psychological Health and Resiliance Summit, Sept. 18, 2014 in Falls Church,Va. The Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury spearheaded the summit, which allowed leaders from across the Department Of Defense to discuss the way ahead for addressing psychological health issues and resilience across the force. (Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Darron Salzer, National Guard Bureau)(Released)

Minnesota brothers reunite in Kuwait
September 18, 2014
Sgt. 1st Class Lowell Laudert, an intelligence analyst with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Minnesota National Guard, and his brother, Spc. Cameron Laudert, a health care specialist with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital, U.S. Army Reserve, show their respect for their Native American heritage, displaying the White Earth Nation flag. They are deployed to Camp Buerhing in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Kuwait.

Alaska Air Guard rescuers save three after plane crash
September 17, 2014
An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the Alaska Air National Guard 210th Rescue Squadron performs deck landing qualifications aboard the forward-deployed guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh during preparations for Hong Kong Search and Rescue Exercise 2008. Rescuers  used a similar craft to save three plane crash victims.

Air National Guard Director Clarke discusses three-part 'balanced strategy' at conference
September 17, 2014
Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, speaks  at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition September 15, 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland. Clarke highlighted the ANG’s involvement in domestic operations and recognized several ANG Airmen and units for exemplary service during recent combat operations.

Arizona, Kazakh Airmen discuss enlisted roles in airpower
September 17, 2014
Noncommissioned officers from the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan enjoy a UH-60 Black Hawk flight over Arizona, Sep. 11, 2014. A delegation of Kazakhs met with Arizona Army and Air Guard members to discuss the varied roles of enlisted members in military aviation. Kazakhstan and the Arizona National Guard have participated together in the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program since 1993.

National anthem's 200th anniversary and its Citizen-Soldier composer are honored
September 16, 2014
Soldiers from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment "Old Guard" unfurl and raise a hand-stitched replica of the 15-star, 15-stripe flag to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the defense of Fort McHenry, Sept. 14, 1814. The ascent of the stars and stripes would inspire 1st Lt. Francis Scott Key of the District of Columbia Militia to pen the immortal words that would become the national anthem. The flag was raised at exactly the same day and time as it was 200 years ago during the War of 1812.