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  • Christmas Eve road march honors troops

    Dec 25, 2012

    Nearly 1,000 New York Army National Guard Soldiers, family members, friends and members of the Glens Falls, N.Y., community turned out Christmas Eve for the 9th annual road march to support the troops.

  • Deployment doesn't slow former National Guard marathon champ

    Dec 23, 2012

    A year-long deployment in Afghanistan hasn't slowed former National Guard Bureau marathon champion Capt. Varinka Barbini Ensminger at all. In fact, the 32-year old from the Kentucky Army Guard is living life at a faster tempo than ever.

  • Division West officers train for Best Ranger competition

    Dec 18, 2012

    First Army, supported by Division West, conducted training Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this month to select a team to represent the command at the upcoming 30th annual Best Ranger Competition.

  • Specialist wins 2012 Operation Rising Star

    Dec 18, 2012

    Georgia Army National Guard Spc. Constance Mack, representing the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., won the 2012 Operation Rising Star military singing contest at Fort Sam Houston Theatre, Dec. 15, 2012.

  • 'Black Scorpions' prepare for mobilization training mission

    Dec 18, 2012

    For Soldiers of the 2-363rd Training Support Battalion "Black Scorpions," 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, from Mesa, Ariz., annual training at McGregor Range, N.M., this year marked the culminating event of months of hard work preparing for a one-year mobilization.

  • Soldier earns Silver Star for valor in Afghanistan as Marine

    Dec 18, 2012

    It's not every day a National Guard sergeant receives a Silver Star for actions performed as a Marine. But that's exactly what happened in Pittsburgh, Dec. 10, 2012.

  • Army North helps prepare future dual-status commanders

    Dec 17, 2012

    Twenty-two National Guard generals and colonels, representing 18 states and the District of Columbia, attended the U.S. Army North-sponsored dual-status commanders' orientation course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Dec. 9-13, 2012.

  • National Guard celebrates 376th birthday

    Dec 13, 2012

    The military organization known today as the National Guard came into existence with a direct declaration on Dec. 13, 1636.

  • New York National Guard celebrates National Guard's 376th birthday

    Dec 13, 2012

    The New York National Guard's newest general officer teamed up with its oldest Soldier and one of its youngest, to salute the National Guard's 376th birthday at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012.

  • Troops at MAPEX prepare to support inauguration

    Dec 13, 2012

    As the nation prepares for another presidential inauguration, Jan. 21, 2013, military services in the National Capital Region are gearing up to provide support to the event, as they have done every year since George Washington took office.

  • U.S., Romanian Soldier team up to rescue Afghan honey bees

    Dec 12, 2012

    When the Mescal Detachment of Agricultural Development Team 4 from Mississippi arrived in Afghanistan, they didn't know they were inheriting beehives from the outgoing Agricultural Development Team, but they found out pretty quickly and they were just in time.

  • National Guard hosts rehearsal for Presidential Inauguration

    Dec 12, 2012

    The District of Columbia National Guard joined hundreds of active-duty and Army Reserve military members, local and federal officials during a two-day inauguration rehearsal at the District of Columbia National Guard Armory this week.

  • Guard wounded warrior, Afghanistan veteran advocates suicide prevention

    Dec 11, 2012

    Twin brothers Earl and Joseph Granville were brothers by blood as well as brothers in arms. They were bunkmates in basic training and deployed twice together overseas. But everything changed after retired Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville's third deployment with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

  • New York Army National Guard troops help Kuwait missions move forward

    Dec 5, 2012

    They deployed in March and came to call themselves "The New York 39" but the New York Army National Guard Soldiers put their range of skills and experience to work in Kuwait, yielding lasting results for ongoing Army missions in the area.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers start transition home

    Dec 5, 2012

    That's the guidance Col. Geoffrey Slack, the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander, and other leaders are stressing this holiday season to redeploying National Guard Soldiers. The Soldiers deployed earlier this year to various locations throughout the Middle East.

  • Something for the Joes: Recycling initiative expected to save troops money, reduce dumping

    Nov 29, 2012

    It's said that one man's trash is another's treasure and some South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers have put that old expression to work with a convenience center.

  • Task Force Centurion helps Afghan training, real-world mission

    Nov 26, 2012

    Dozens of Afghan National Army soldiers stealthily entered the security gates of the coalition ammunition point after a simulated report of an insurgent attack on Camp Phoenix during a training exercise here, Nov. 3, 2012.

  • Guardsmen deployed to respond to Hurricane Sandy get first-hand look at West Point Cadet life

    Nov 20, 2012

    Three New York Army National Guard Soldiers who were part of the state response to Hurricane Sandy's devastation, got a first-hand look at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., as guest of their commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey, Nov. 17, 2012.

  • N.Y. Guard to help Sandy victims over Thanksgiving holiday

    Nov 20, 2012

    As Americans prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, more than 1,100 members of the New York National Guard continue their support to recovery efforts following landfall of Hurricane Sandy or augment New York City law enforcement at transportation centers for the single largest travel day in the nation.

  • Calif. Guard aviators train for Afghanistan mission

    Nov 14, 2012

    The California Army National Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, one of the oldest Chinook helicopter units in the Army, recently mobilized to Fort Hood, Texas, to prepare for a mission to Afghanistan.

  • Massive logistical effort marks N.Y. Guard response to Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 11, 2012

    Almost 4,000 troops, operating more than 1,300 trucks and Humvees, have delivered 2.5 million emergency meals and 150,000 blankets to storm victims, and fueled more than 13,000 city vehicles, while visiting more than 12,000 homes and apartments to check on residents, since Hurricane Sandy hit the night of Oct. 29, 2012.

  • One Army School System increases training effectiveness, capacity

    Nov 5, 2012

    Army readiness is the key objective of the One Army School System, a system that establishes common standards for individual training and maximizes the opportunities for active duty soldiers to train at Reserve or National Guard courses, and vice versa.

  • Two trainees share MOS, platoon, DNA

    Nov 5, 2012

    Pfc. Austin and Pfc. Zachary Conn have done everything together since the day they were born: Feb. 20, 1993. Nineteen years and four months later they enlisted together in the Army National Guard, and most recently, the pair completed nine weeks of basic training on Sand Hill at Fort Benning, Ga. -- always side by side.

  • N.Y. Guard Soldiers to assist with election in storm-battered areas

    Nov 5, 2012

    New Yorkers who are still without power in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy will get some help in casting their votes on Election Day from the New York Army National Guard.

  • National Guard relieves suffering after Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 4, 2012

    About 7,000 Guard members are helping people who are living without power while facing low temperatures, and people whose water-ruined possessions are piled at the curb, all while local transportation infrastructure crippled and simply pumping gas can be a day-long chore, in communities worst-hit by Hurricane Sandy.

  • Guardsmen explain MRE-style emergency meals to NYC residents

    Nov 2, 2012

    The thousands of meals being handed out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to New York City residents following Hurricane Sandy are pretty familiar to the New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen distributing the meals.

  • Virginia Guard Soldiers rescue 7 adults, 1 child after Sandy

    Nov 1, 2012

    Virginia National Guard Soldiers trudged through high water and cut trees to clear a path for two rescue missions that transported seven adults and one child to safety at two locations, Oct. 30, 2012, on Cattail Road in the Mears, Va., area.

  • Guard troops save lives in Hurricane Sandy recovery

    Nov 1, 2012

    Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2012, more than 9,100 National Guard troops across 12 states have been assisting with search and rescue operations, food and water distribution, debris removal and providing security and shelter for storm victims.

  • Peer review: Leaders discuss merits

    Oct 31, 2012

    Integrating peer review into the Army's evaluation system was discussed during the Q&A period at the end of the Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare's "Developing Leaders: The Key to Readiness, Sustaining the Profession, and Ensuring our Legacy" forum in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24, 2012.

  • More than 7,400 National Guard members respond to Hurricane Sandy

    Oct 30, 2012

    More than 7,400 citizen-Soldiers and citizen-Airmen were mobilized in 11 states to respond to Hurricane Sandy by 4:30 a.m., Oct. 30, 2012, and more were on the way.

  • N.Y. mobilizes more than 2,300 Guardsmen to battle Hurricane Sandy aftermath

    Oct 30, 2012

    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo mobilized more than 2,300 Soldiers and Airmen by Oct. 30, 2012, to assist local communities and first responders for the forecasted storm surge and floods associated with Subtropical Storm Sandy's landfall, Oct. 29.

  • National Guard assists governors of states in Sandy's path

    Oct 29, 2012

    National Guard members are at work in seven states as Hurricane Sandy takes aim at the East Coast.

  • N.Y. Governor calls on Guard to respond to Hurricane Sandy

    Oct 28, 2012

    The New York Army and Air National Guard began deploying 1,175 Soldiers and Airmen to respond to Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 28, 2012, and prepared to call in more troops as the storm moved up the eastern seaboard.

  • National Guard responds to Hurricane Sandy, monitors tsunami

    Oct 28, 2012

    As more governors declared states of emergency in advance of Hurricane Sandy, the National Guard stood ready to respond to the aftermath of the storm.

  • National Guard prepares for Hurricane Sandy; 'perfect storm'

    Oct 26, 2012

    More than 61,000 National Guard personnel along the eastern seaboard are available for duty if and when Hurricane Sandy makes landfall sometime next week, Guard officials said today.

  • Virginia Guard personnel preparing for possible Hurricane Sandy damage

    Oct 26, 2012

    The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 personnel on state active duty for possible severe-weather recovery operations from Hurricane Sandy.

  • Guard, Reserve to strengthen regional alignments

    Oct 22, 2012

    Gen. David. M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, provided his views on the way ahead for the Guard and Reserve during the Association of the U.S. Army's "MG Robert G. Moorhead Guard/Reserve Breakfast," Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

  • Guardsman teaches teachers in Afghanistan

    Oct 17, 2012

    From a New York classroom to a meeting room in the middle of Afghanistan, Sgt. Andrew Brechko never stops teaching.

  • EOD explodes old munitions in Kosovo

    Oct 16, 2012

    Soldiers from the 217th Explosives Ordnance Disposal Company, California Army National Guard, respond to, evaluate, and dispose of explosives in Kosovo, one of the most heavily mined regions in the world.

  • National Guard diversity council recognized among nation's best

    Oct 16, 2012

    The National Guard Bureau's Joint Diversity Executive Council was recognized as one of the top 25 diversity councils in the country by the Association of Diversity Councils in Arlington, Va., Oct. 4, 2012.

  • 2012 Best Warrior Competition begins at Fort Lee

    Oct 15, 2012

    Twenty-four of the Army's finest warriors converged at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 14, 2012, to engage in a fast-paced and intense battle against themselves and each other as participants of the premier Soldier skills competition.

  • Guard helps Reserve MPs create realistic life-saving training

    Oct 9, 2012

    Army Reserve Soldiers reached out to their National Guard brothers- and sisters-in-arms to execute a Cumulative Training Exercise on Camp Blanding, Fla., that could save lives.

  • 'Lightning' air defenders ready to protect skies over National Capital Region

    Oct 5, 2012

    About 200 Florida Army National Guard Soldiers are now standing watch over the skies of Washington, D.C., and its surrounding area, having recently passed a seven-month training and testing process that has led to their support of Operation Noble Eagle.

  • Joint Task Force - National Capital Region 2013 Presidential Inaugural Staff stands up

    Oct 4, 2012

    The Joint Task Force - National Capital Region 57th Presidential Inaugural Staff began preparations in support of the Presidential Inauguration. The task force is charged with coordinating all military ceremonial support for the inaugural period. As a joint component, it includes members from all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components.

  • Soldiers get 20 days to vote on new PT uniform

    Oct 4, 2012

    Soldiers have until Oct. 29, 2012, to vote on a possible replacement for the current Improved Physical Fitness Uniform.

  • Realistic training ensures deployment readiness for Ky. National Guard

    Oct 1, 2012

    National Guard Soldiers from Kentucky preparing to deploy to Djibouti as Task Force Longrifle gained a sense of the challenges they will soon face when they participated in the realistic training exercise at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuvering Center, Ind.,

  • CSA talks about suicide prevention

    Sep 28, 2012

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno opened the service-wide suicide prevention stand down Sept. 27, 2012, morning by announcing that 237 Soldiers have potentially taken their lives so far this year and that the Army will step up its resilience training to combat the problem.

  • SMA on suicide: 'It's okay to seek help'

    Sep 26, 2012

    "It's a source of strength to ask for help and we are all about being strong in the Army," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, on the eve of the Army-wide suicide stand-down.

  • Westphal: National Guard key component in Army transformation

    Sep 24, 2012

    Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal and Gen. John Vessey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, toured Camp Ripley, Minn., Sept. 22, 2012. The visit was the first for Westphal and gave him time to meet Soldiers and receive a background of the Minnesota National Guard.

  • Army seeks Soldier input with Army Service Uniform survey

    Sep 20, 2012

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III is encouraging all active-duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers to take the Army Service Uniform survey to help inform the Army's decisions regarding future uniforms and equipment.

  • SMA tours Fort Sill, talks Army future

    Sep 20, 2012

    The Sergeant Major of the Army visited Fort Sill, Okla., last week, meeting with Soldiers and their families, and observing training on the installation.

  • Division West trains Maine Army National Guard MPs

    Sep 18, 2012

    The 488th Military Police Company of the Maine Army National Guard is here training with Division West's 5th Armored Brigade for its first deployment in the unit's current form, as Soldiers prepare to head to Afghanistan.

  • N.Y. Guard Soldiers, Airman train for really rainy day in hurricane response drill

    Sep 17, 2012

    Outside it was a sunny, beautiful day, but inside the Glenmore Road Armory, New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from the 42nd Infantry Division and 109th Airlift Wing wrestled with the challenges resulting from a hurricane hitting the Albany, N.Y. area.

  • Fort McCoy ribbon-cutting celebrates construction of its first-ever permanent barracks facility

    Sep 13, 2012

    Fort McCoy's newest barracks is ready to support troops training at the installation following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Sept. 6, 2012.

  • Westphal: Leader development essential to Army of the Future

    Sep 13, 2012

    By the time the students in today's Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education class are leading the Army, the Army of the Future will already be here, the under secretary of the Army said last week.

  • Missouri Guardsmen kick off 'Eastern Accord' in Tanzania

    Sep 12, 2012

    Members from the Missouri Army National Guard's 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and representatives from seven East African countries began at 10-day training exercise in Tanzania, Africa.

  • Grass: National Guard solution to problems in fiscally constrained times

    Sep 12, 2012

    The National Guard is part of the solution to the challenges of a fiscally constrained environment, said the chief of the National Guard Bureau, in Reno, Nev., Sept. 11, 2012, at the 134th General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States.

  • Suicide prevention: Reaching out a sign of strength

    Sep 12, 2012

    Service members facing behavioral health challenges should feel comfortable asking for help, Defense Department leaders said in Reno, Nev., this week.

  • Post-Sept. 11 mission continues at Fort Hamilton

    Sep 11, 2012

    Eleven years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon, Soldiers, Airmen and sea services personnel from the New York National Guard remain on duty to prevent terrorist attacks throughout the city.

  • Ham: Guard essential to Africa partnerships

    Sep 11, 2012

    The National Guard is vital to Africa Command, said the commander of U.S. Africa Command.

  • Odierno: National Guard contributions since 9/11 'critical'

    Sep 11, 2012

    On the eve of today's 11th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the chief of staff of the Army paid tribute to the role of the National Guard in the immediate aftermath and in the years since.

  • Grass becomes 27th chief of National Guard Bureau

    Sep 10, 2012

    Gen. Frank Grass became the 27th chief of the National Guard Bureau in a Pentagon ceremony, Sept. 7, 2012.

  • Army units from across U.S. take part in Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012

    Sep 7, 2012

    United States Army Soldiers flew thousands of miles from several of the 50 states, including Hawaii, California, Maryland, Alabama and Utah, to support the Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance during 2012 Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise in South Korea.

  • N.C. Guard Soldier runs 100 miles in honor of fallen comrades

    Sep 6, 2012

    A lone runner pushed herself through desert heat and dust to finish her 24-hour quest: 100 miles in remembrance of fellow Soldiers who have died in the war on terror.

  • Soldiers search for shipping containers in Afghanistan

    Sep 5, 2012

    Two National Guard Soldiers from the 113th Sustainment Brigade recently deployed to Kuwait, where they received a unique Afghanistan mission -- locate lost shipping containers.

  • North Dakota Guard, tribes dedicate Lakota helicopter

    Sep 5, 2012

    More than 500 people showed up Sept. 4, 2012, to dedicate the North Dakota Army National Guard's newest helicopter, the UH-72A Lakota, at a ceremony which included a tribal blessing of the aircraft.

  • U.S. forces perform mass casualty evacuation training with Botswana Defence Force

    Aug 31, 2012

    Army and Air National Guard Soldiers, Marine Reservists, and soldiers from the Botswana Defence Force trained together to save lives, Aug. 14, 2012, during a mass casualty evacuation exercise at Southern Accord 2012.

  • Louisiana Guard responds to Hurricane Isaac landfall

    Aug 29, 2012

    The Louisiana National Guard has pre-staged approximately 680 troops and assets across the New Orleans metropolitan area in order to better protect the community and its citizens as Hurricane Isaac churns toward the Gulf coast.

  • Thousands of Guardsmen available to governors in Isaac's path

    Aug 28, 2012

    More than 33,500 National Guard personnel and nearly 100 aircraft are available to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens states along the Gulf of Mexico, Defense Department officials said today.

  • National Guard units in Southeast on alert for Isaac's impact

    Aug 27, 2012

    Army and Air National Guard elements throughout the southeastern United States are preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is making its way past the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Training at Vibrant Response exercise ensures agile joint force

    Aug 21, 2012

    More than 200 observer/trainers supported the recent Vibrant Response exercise held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Ind., providing training, feedback, and ensuring adherence to standards throughout the emergency response exercise.

  • Exercise confirms U.S. homeland defense capability

    Aug 20, 2012

    Army leaders say the performance of participants in the recently concluded Vibrant Response 13 exercise has demonstrated that the U.S. military is ready to handle a major catastrophe, such as a nuclear explosion, on the homeland.

  • Multinational partners train in 'Khaan Quest'

    Aug 20, 2012

    A conglomeration of U.S., Mongolian, and various international forces took part in a staff exercise during Khaan Quest 12 to enhance their ability to operate in a multinational environment.

  • U.S. service members share Medical First Responder course with Mongolian counterparts

    Aug 20, 2012

    U.S. service members conducted the Medical First Responder course for Khaan Quest 2012, Aug. 13-17, 2012, at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia.

  • Botswana Defense Force, U.S. engineers improve roads, ponds

    Aug 20, 2012

    The 631st Engineer Support Company from Lawrenceville, Ill., are assisting the Botswana Defense Force engineers with a road improvement and pond restoration project near Mkankake Village in the Republic of Botswana, as part of Southern Accord 2012.

  • South Carolina Guard Soldiers keep sharp during Kuwait deployment

    Aug 19, 2012

    Soldiers with 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment Soldiers conducted live-fire exercises at the Udairi Range at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in late July and early August, to keep their skills sharp.

  • Illinois Army National Guardsmen fuel Southern Accord 2012

    Aug 15, 2012

    In an effort to keep the wheels turning during Southern Accord 2012, petroleum supply specialists from Company A, 405th Brigade Support Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard, and their counterparts from the Botswana Defense Force, have been running both static and mobile re-fueling operations at Thebephatswha Air Base, Botswana.

  • Collective training creates partnership between U.S., Botswana forces

    Aug 13, 2012

    Marines from the Anti-terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division from Anchorage, Alaska, and Billings, Mont., as well as Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment from the New Jersey National Guard, conducted infantry training exercises for soldiers of the Botswana Defense Force over a period of six days at Thebephatshwa Air Base, Botswana.

  • Rwandan Defense Force, Texas National Guardsmen exchange best practices

    Aug 13, 2012

    Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard and Rwandan soldiers and policemen shared their experiences and knowledge on basic soldier skills and staff officer duties and responsibilities during a military-to-military exchange hosted by the Rwandan Defense Force in Gako, Rwanda.

  • Indiana Guardsmen evacuate buildings during Vibrant Response 13

    Aug 13, 2012

    Indiana National Guardsmen conducted a mandatory evacuation training mission, Aug. 7, 2012, at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., as part of their annual training requirements during Vibrant Response 13, a major incident exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command and led by U.S. Army North.

  • Panetta: National Guard, Reserve key to defense strategy

    Aug 13, 2012

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the Soldiers and Airmen based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station their service is critical to the defense strategy, Aug. 9, 2012.

  • Army National Guard announces best Soldier, best NCO winners

    Aug 10, 2012

    Competing among themselves and an unfavorable environment, seven Soldiers and seven noncommissioned officers came head-to-head during the Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition, July 29, 2012, to contest who was the best of the best.

  • Hunter gets new Army National Guard Readiness Center

    Aug 9, 2012

    About two hundred Guardsmen, spouses, children, military and civilian community members gathered inside the new Georgia Army National Guard Readiness Center at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the 78th Aviation Troop Command's blessing of the fleet ceremony for six CH-47F Chinook helicopters, July 31, 2012.

  • Hawaii Army National Guard test pilot ensures safe flights during Southern Accord 12

    Aug 8, 2012

    "Mahalo," or "thank you," the pilot said, after being handed a bottle of water from the rear of the aircraft. The kind nature of Hawaiian culture reinforced the unique mix of service members present at Southern Accord 12 in The Republic of Botswana, Africa.

  • National Guard expands Midwest, Southwest wildfire support

    Aug 8, 2012

    With an already busy wildfire season under its belt, the National Guard has expanded firefighting efforts in several states throughout the Midwest and Southwest, where they have activated more than 100 personnel and multiple aircraft.

  • Army North, First Army train for worst-case scenario

    Aug 7, 2012

    Providing recovery and rescue in the aftermath of a 10-kiloton nuclear detonation in a major Midwestern city could be pretty traumatic. Fortunately, the "detonation" here was just simulated, and is part of exercise Vibrant Response 13.

  • Vibrant Response 13 trains Soldiers for reality

    Aug 5, 2012

    The 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion is participating in Vibrant Response 13, a joint-service, mass-training exercise directed by U.S. Northern Command.

  • Alabama Guard Soldiers tackle Afghanistan convoy missions

    Aug 2, 2012

    The roads of Afghanistan present many challenges, whether it's driving through a rocky mountainous terrain, a crowded intersection or looking for hidden improvised explosive devices by the roadside.

  • Tennessee Guard unit trains Jordanian Army

    Jul 31, 2012

    The 181st Field Artillery Battalion recently mobilized, trained and deployed to the country of Jordan, to provide infantry and border security trainer mentor assistance to the Jordanian Army.

  • Deployed service members from 24 countries become U.S. citizens

    Jul 31, 2012

    After rigorous interviews, background checks and testing, 44 Soldiers representing 24 different countries of origin completed the process of naturalization and stood together in Afghanistan to take the oath of U.S. citizenship.

  • Chief, vice chief of National Guard Bureau confirmed

    Jul 30, 2012

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Frank Grass to be the next chief of the National Guard Bureau and Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph Lengyel to be vice chief, July 26, 2012.

  • Louisiana National Guard pins first female general officer

    Jul 30, 2012

    The Louisiana National Guard welcomed its first female general officer during a promotion ceremony, July 27, 2012, at the Jackson Barracks Museum in New Orleans.

  • Military leaders put final touches on catastrophic incident exercise

    Jul 30, 2012

    With fewer than 24 hours until the hypothetical detonation of a 10-kiloton nuclear device in a major Midwestern city, military exercise specialists were putting the final touches on a national catastrophic incident exercise that will test more than 9,000 service members and civilians in 11 training locations and airfields spread across 5,000 square miles in southern Indiana and northern Kentucky.

  • Tennessee, Ohio Civil Support Teams kick off Vibrant Response 13

    Jul 29, 2012

    After a simulated 10-kiloton nuclear detonation in a major Midwestern city, specialized teams of Guardsmen from Tennessee and Ohio began clearing routes and monitoring radiation, July 26, 2012, at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., in advance of federal response forces.

  • Mechanics get behind the wheel at Golden Cargo

    Jul 25, 2012

    Mechanics from the 243rd Transportation Detachment (Trailer Transfer Point), an Army Reserve unit out of Belleville, Ill., took the opportunity to work on their driving skills at Crane Army Ammunition Activity, Ind., and get qualified on the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, during Operation Golden Cargo 2012.

  • Army Reserve, NY Guard train with Volunteer Fire Departments

    Jul 24, 2012

    New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters landed near Marcy, N.Y., July 12, 2012, as part of a training exercise with the Army Reserve's Company A, 401st Civil Affairs Battalion and the Maynard and Stittville Volunteer Fire Departments.

  • Texas National Guard troops mentor Burundi soldiers

    Jul 24, 2012

    Texas Army National Guard troops were invited to participate in a joint training seminar with Burundi National Defense Force soldiers in Mudubugu, Burundi.

  • Food service Soldiers rise to challenge of feeding hundreds at Golden Cargo

    Jul 20, 2012

    If you think cooking nutritious meals for your family can be challenging, try cooking for 300 hungry Soldiers.

  • Training gets tactical for Golden Cargo medics

    Jul 20, 2012

    The training schedule has been full for the 4224th U.S. Army Hospital Soldiers participating in Operation Golden Cargo, an annual two-week training opportunity for many Reserve and National Guard units to use their military occupational specialty training in real-world situations.

  • Dempsey: Forming partnerships vital for future force

    Jul 18, 2012

    In an increasingly competitive fiscal and security environment, major powers need to develop partnerships, and partnerships take work, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today at the National Guard Symposium on Mutual Security Cooperation.