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  • American Disaster: Training to respond

    Aug 31, 2011

    Federal, state and local disaster responders, with Department of Defense counterparts, are working together here to ensure America has a trained and ready force poised to respond to various natural disasters or terrorist attacks should America face another large-scale terrorist attack.

  • New capabilities enhance Guard response to Hurricane Irene

    Aug 29, 2011

    About 7,675 National Guard troops from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico responded over the weekend to civil authorities tackling Hurricane Irene and its aftermath.

  • Following Irene, New York Guard mission shifts to Catskills

    Aug 29, 2011

    While local governments across New York were assessing the impact of Hurricane Irene, the focus of effort for the New York Army and Air National Guard shifted from Long Island and New York City to the mountain towns in Greene and Schoharie counties.

  • North Carolina Guard, Emergency Management prepare for Hurricane Irene

    Aug 27, 2011

    The North Carolina National Guard has teamed up to support the North Carolina Emergency Management Eastern office in preparing our coast for Hurricane Irene, which makes landfall on the North Carolina coast this weekend.

  • New York Guard troops mobilized to support Hurricane Irene emergency operations

    Aug 27, 2011

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mobilized nearly 2,000 Soldiers and airmen in response to the expected landfall of Hurricane Irene, which has already caused deaths and destruction in other states.

  • Guard supports joint Hurricane Irene response, thousands deploy

    Aug 27, 2011

    National Guard support to the joint response to Hurricane Irene was in full motion today as thousands of soldiers and airmen rolled out in multiple states to support civilian authorities.

  • National Guard responds to Hurricane Irene

    Aug 26, 2011

    As of 11:30 a.m. EST today, the governors of seven states had declared states of emergency, prompting National Guard adjutants general to upgrade Hurricane Condition levels and relocate assets in preparation for Hurricane Irene, Guard officials said today.

  • New York Guard mobilizes hundreds of troops to respond to Hurricane Irene

    Aug 26, 2011

    At the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York Army and Air National Guard mobilized and deployed 900 Soldiers and Airmen to support civil authorities on Long Island, New York City, and the Hudson Valley in response to Hurricane Irene.

  • Cutting-edge medical training facility prepares medics for combat

    Aug 25, 2011

    The Medical Support Training Center located at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana, is one of only 24 of its kind across the globe.

  • Special Forces practice water operations in Gulf of Mexico joint exercise

    Aug 25, 2011

    In the hour or two before dawn when the surf is calm and quiet, the beach in front of the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas, came alive with service members from the Texas Military Forces, Aug. 20, 2011.

  • National Guard readies for Hurricane Irene

    Aug 24, 2011

    National Guard adjutants general along the East and Gulf coasts are awaiting the potential landfall of Hurricane Irene, and preparing to act if called upon by their governors, National Guard officials said today.

  • Humanitarian effort brings free healthcare to valley

    Aug 23, 2011

    Operation Lone Star, a 13-year annual tradition in southern Texas, began its second week of providing health care services to people living near Laredo and Hebbronville, Texas.

  • Army North leads way during large-scale terrorism response exercise

    Aug 23, 2011

    The Vibrant Response 12 exercise, conducted by U.S. Army North, focuses on the Department of Defense mission to support civil authorities after a disaster.

  • Servicemembers respond to worst-case scenario during 'Vibrant Response' 12 exercise

    Aug 22, 2011

    More than 7,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of Defense civilians are descending upon the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex at Camp Atterbury, Ind., and various surrounding areas in Indiana, to execute DoD support to civil authorities in a consequence management role during the Vibrant Response 12 exercise.

  • Soldiers, vets initially denied Purple Heart for concussive injury may resubmit

    Aug 19, 2011

    Active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers, as well as veterans, who were denied Purple Heart awards for concussive or mild traumatic brain injuries, are encouraged to resubmit documentation for reconsideration of the medal.

  • Suicide awareness video aimed at first-line supervisors

    Aug 19, 2011

    A new suicide prevention awareness video just released by the Army is aimed primarily at both junior leadership and first-line supervisors, to let them know their responsibility to be the first to identify and assist those in need.

  • Army North breaks in new subway rescue training station at MUTC

    Aug 19, 2011

    During the Vibrant Response 12 exercise, conducted by U.S. Army North, service members and local first responders participated in a subway rescue scenario Aug. 17, 2011, for the first time here.

  • Soldiers, HR specialists must understand importance of casualty docs

    Aug 18, 2011

    It is the responsibility of all Soldiers to update their casualty documents and to ensure their intent is annotated properly.

  • Family GAT streamlined, back online

    Aug 17, 2011

    For those Army family members who put off completing the Global Assessment Tool survey due to the sheer number of questions, the folks who run the program listened and brought the number of questions from 260 down to 80.

  • Soldiers battle in Guard Best Warrior Competition

    Aug 10, 2011

    Fourteen Soldiers from across the Army National Guard competed in the 2011 Best Warrior Competition Friday through Monday on Fort Benning, Ga. The winners will go on to vie for the titles of All-Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year later this fall.

  • Therapy dogs help demobilize Soldiers

    Aug 10, 2011

    Four teams of registered therapy dogs and their handlers recently greeted demobilizing Soldiers returning from a 10-month tour in Afghanistan at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

  • Oregon Guard forward observers train with Navy, Air Force

    Aug 9, 2011

    Forward observers with 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment of the Oregon National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team put their skills to work in a training event at Gowen Field, Idaho, July 21, 2011.

  • ’Rainbow Hurricane’ prepares troops for disaster response

    Aug 7, 2011

    New York National Guard Soldiers from the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters left their armories from across the state to converge at an empty field Aug. 5, 2011, in an exercise meant to mimic the Guard's hurricane response efforts.

  • Maryland Guard, Australians share laughs, recon tips during Talisman Sabre

    Aug 5, 2011

    American and Australian Soldiers shared tactics and culture during Exercise Talisman Sabre, a joint Australian/American exercise that ran July 11-29, 2011.

  • Quartermasters keep Australian/U.S. exercise supplied

    Aug 3, 2011

    Quartermasters here focused on making sure both U.S. and Australian military personnel got the gear the needed to train with during Talisman Sabre exercises in Australia, July 11-29, 2011.

  • Space systems give Australians, U.S. Soldiers edge in Talisman Sabre

    Aug 3, 2011

    Australians and Americans, including Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers, worked together to integrate space systems in to the Talisman Sabre exercise July 11-29, 2011.

  • McKinley: Guard accessible, fiscally sound operational force

    Aug 2, 2011

    Reserve Component senior leaders met on Capitol Hill, July 27, 2011, to discuss maintaining the Reserves as an operational force and measures to keep it funded in such a capacity.

  • U.S., Australian Soldiers work together to judge Talisman Sabre battles

    Aug 2, 2011

    Because live ammunition is not used in training exercises, umpires are used to judge "battles." These umpires recently determined the outcome of land force, maritime and air operations maneuvers for over 20,000 U.S. and Australian military personnel participating in Talisman Sabre exercises in Australia, July 11-29, 2011.

  • National Guard uses skills in humanitarian mission abroad

    Aug 1, 2011

    More than 20 Soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard's 155th Engineering Company, of Wagner, S.D., arrived in the South American country of Suriname, July 22, 2011, as part of New Horizons 2011.

  • Demobilizing from war: Iowans return home

    Jul 28, 2011

    Before Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers are released from active duty after a deployment they go through a demobilization process during which they are thoroughly screened for medical, dental and behavioral concerns, briefed on their rights and benefits as veterans, and provided assistance on issues ranging from personal to financial.

  • Fresh Minnesota Soldiers, Airmen assist with Minot flood recovery mission

    Jul 26, 2011

    The day the North Dakota State Fair was to begin, Soldiers and Airmen from the North Dakota and Minnesota National Guard were working around the clock to bring the city of Minot back to a sense of normalcy after a historic flood crest on the Souris River.

  • France bestows high honors on National Guard, active-duty Green Berets

    Jul 26, 2011

    One active-duty and five National Guard Special Forces Soldiers were honored with the Croix de la Valeur Militaire in a private ceremony at the French ambassador's residence attended by senior leaders.

  • Detective warns of new designer drug

    Jul 26, 2011

    Bath Salts are the new "designer drug" becoming increasingly popular on the streets and Army law enforcement warns that they're dangerous.

  • Six Soldiers help Team USA win basketball bronze at Military World Games

    Jul 25, 2011

    Air Force Capt. Matthew McCraw scored 34 points and Army 2nd Lt. Paul Nelson added 23 to lead Team USA to an 84-83 victory over South Korea for the bronze medal in men’s basketball at the 5th Counseil International du Sport Militaire Military World Games July 24, 2011.

  • "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal certified by President Obama

    Jul 22, 2011

    Based on recommendations from military leaders, President Barack Obama has certified to Congress that the U.S. armed forces are prepared for repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.

  • U.S., Ghana partner to teach malaria prevention

    Jul 21, 2011

    A team of U.S. Soldiers from the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, an Army Reserve unit from Connecticut, partnered with Ghana's National Disaster Management Organization during MEDFLAG 11 to implement a malaria outreach program and train disaster volunteers on basic first aid skills.

  • Shinseki: VA task force improves care of women vets

    Jul 20, 2011

    The newly formed VA Task Force on Women Veterans will go a long way in addressing key benefits gaps to female veterans, according to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

  • Guard continues its long tour in flood fight

    Jul 20, 2011

    As the heat and humidity rise to record levels on day 58 of the central North Dakota flood fight, Guardsmen from North Dakota and Minnesota continue to keep a watchful eye for any dangerous situations in the levees as well as on each other to ensure they don't succumb to heat injuries.

  • Ghana, U.S. medical personnel share knowledge, experience during MEDFLAG 11

    Jul 18, 2011

    The first portion of MEDFLAG 11 has strengthened the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through five days of collaborative training, during which medical expertise is shared by the joint-team effort to improve medical treatment in their home countries.

  • Services deliver ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal input

    Jul 14, 2011

    All of the services and combatant commands have provided their input to the Defense Department in advance of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays from serving openly in the military, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.

  • Former soldier in Saddam's army now U.S. Soldier helping improve Iraq

    Jul 13, 2011

    Sgt. Mahad Ahmed was a member of Saddam's army when the U.S. liberated Iraq. He is now deployed to Iraq as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, helping improve his homeland.

  • Guard, Reserve opportunities for active-duty Soldiers

    Jul 13, 2011

    The Active Guard Reserve program allows Soldiers transitioning off active duty the opportunity to compete for AGR positions closer to home.

  • Army improving UAS effectiveness

    Jul 12, 2011

    More than 400 attendees joined the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Warfighter Forum which ran from June 21-24, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Kansas sends 22 additional Soldiers to assist with flood relief operations

    Jul 12, 2011

    Soldiers from the Kansas National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery deployed to Doniphan County, June 28, 20111, to provide security patrols in Elwood, Kan. The tasking came through the Kansas Division of Emergency Management at the request of the mayor of Elwood and county emergency management officials.

  • Army leverages Guard and state-facilities for communication equipment reset

    Jul 8, 2011

    The Army’s Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical teamed up with the National Guard and the state of Maine to upgrade key communications equipment.

  • Red Bulls turn over remote Bad Pech

    Jul 7, 2011

    Violence has decreased over the last few months in Bad Pech, one of the most remote outposts in all of northeastern Afghanistan.

  • Soldier in Iraq gets 4th of July call from Secretary of Defense

    Jul 7, 2011

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who was sworn into office Friday, marked the 4th of July holiday by making phone calls to six deployed servicemembers, including an Ohio Army National Guard Soldier in Iraq.

  • National Guard plays role in Arctic operations

    Jul 7, 2011

    The National Guard, working through the Defense Department with multinational forces, is promoting a balanced approach to improve human and environmental security in the Arctic region, Pentagon officials said in a May report to Congress.

  • Military equipment collected as drawdown approaches

    Jul 7, 2011

    As the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq approaches, the 640th Aviation Support Battalion is collecting and itemizing unused or misplaced military equipment that has accumulated over the eight years the Army has been at Camp Taji. The effort is called Operation Clean Sweep.

  • Overseas deployment training gives reservists opportunity to experience active duty

    Jul 6, 2011

    The Joint Multinational Training Command gives reserve component Soldiers the opportunity to train on their military occupation specialties as part of the overseas deployment training program.

  • Brothers serve combined half century with Iowa National Guard

    Jul 5, 2011

    Fifty years. That’s how long Sgt. 1st Class Tim Fiedler Jr. and his younger brother Staff Sgt. Rich Fiedler, combined have served not just in the Iowa National Guard, but in the same unit, Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment.

  • First Lady visits Vermont National Guard

    Jul 1, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama visited hundreds of members of the Vermont National Guard and their families June 30, 2011, at the VTNG’s Army Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington, to thank military members and their families for their continued hard work.

  • First cavalry scout trainees arrive at Fort Benning armor school

    Jun 30, 2011

    More than 65 recent high school graduates turned Soldiers are the first cavalry scouts to train at the Armor School on Harmony Church.

  • Army Guard members act quickly, save elementary school from flood

    Jun 30, 2011

    When Capt. Gary Ripplinger and his Soldiers received the call to save a local elementary school, they sprang into action and were on the scene and placing sandbags within 45 minutes.

  • Guard changes gears as water recedes in Minot

    Jun 29, 2011

    About 850 Soldiers and Airmen from the North Dakota National Guard are on duty in the Minot, Ward County, and Souris River valley area performing traffic control point missions, sandbag operations, levee patrols and levee monitoring and repair, officials said.

  • National Guard helps make water safe in Minot

    Jun 27, 2011

    Soldiers from North Dakota National Guard’s 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are making dirty water safe to drink in Minot, N.D.

  • Task force 'good neighbor' leaves Haiti a better place

    Jun 23, 2011

    Task Force Bon Voizen handed over the keys yesterday to the two engineer construction projects that the task force set out to complete when it hit the ground here two months ago.

  • Task Force Bon Voizon completes Haiti relief operations

    Jun 23, 2011

    The Louisiana National Guard-led task force providing humanitarian relief to Haiti officially ended its two-month mission in a small ceremony here today.

  • Deployed officer in Afghanistan recalls days of being a WAC

    Jun 22, 2011

    The 1970s probably seem like a long time ago for today’s new Soldiers, but for one officer serving in Afghanistan, the era is still a vivid memory of when women Soldiers were treated differently than men.

  • Patriot Academy sergeant breaks world record

    Jun 22, 2011

    Staff Sgt. John Halsey, an assistant platoon sergeant in Bravo Company for the Patriot Academy at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, decided to break a world record when he noticed his students were a bit lethargic on their days off.

  • NY Guard Soldiers deploy for Cuba mission

    Jun 22, 2011

    The New York Army National Guard's 107th Military Police Company held a unit send-off ceremony, June 17, 2011, at the State University of New York Institute of Technology, before heading to Fort Bliss, Texas,for pre-deployment training.

  • Guard still tackling Midwest flooding

    Jun 21, 2011

    About 2,000 National Guard members from nine states are continuing operations in support of the 2011 Midwest floods, which have ravaged thousands of acres and potentially caused billions of dollars in damage, Guard officials said.

  • Task force wins hearts 'one patient at a time'

    Jun 20, 2011

    Medical crews with Task Force Bon Voizen, a Louisiana National Guard-led humanitarian exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command, have treated more than 800 dental patients and nearly 23,000 medical patients so far this year.

  • NY Guard aviators retrieve stranded boat from brink of Niagara Falls

    Jun 20, 2011

    When a New York State Park Police boat ran aground 1,000 feet from the brink of Niagara Falls during a rescue mission, New York officials turned to the CH-47 aviators of the Detachment 1, Company B ,3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation to retrieve the stranded vessel before it plunged over the natural wonder, damaging the falls and interfering with navigation.

  • Task Force Bon Voizen - New Horizons Haiti 2011 builds capacity

    Jun 20, 2011

    The last Task Force Bon Voizen - New Horizons Haiti 2011 medical readiness training exercise in Desdunes, Haiti, illustrates the critical importance of tapping into the resources, structures and expertise already present in Haiti.

  • Stop Loss Special Pay Program continues to accept claims

    Jun 15, 2011

    Army officials are hoping remaining candidates for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay take action and apply. The Army estimates a total of 120,000 Soldiers, veterans and beneficiaries may be eligible for the pay.

  • Massachusetts Guard provides, protects water for task force in Haiti

    Jun 15, 2011

    The 125th Quartermaster Company (Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit) with the Massachusetts National Guard, deployed to Haiti to put their excellence to a real-world test in the austere climate and geography of Mandrin, a rural community a few miles from the city of Gonaives, where the Louisiana National Guard established the Task Force Bon Voizen headquarters camp.

  • Army's new school system ensures Soldiers live, fight, learn together

    Jun 15, 2011

    The new "One Army School System," made up of active and reserve component schools will take the teachers to the students when and where they need the training -- rather than when the Army can give it.

  • Sherpa serves as agile cargo transport over Iraq

    Jun 14, 2011

    Since October 2010, aviators with the Oregon Army National Guard have logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time on their fleet of Sherpa aircraft and have moved more than 2.2 million pounds of equipment and cargo, and transported 10,000 passengers.

  • DoD seeks input from employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

    Jun 12, 2011

    Defense Department officials want to hear by July 6, 2011, from the civilian employers of Reservists and National Guardsmen in a survey intended to measure the impact of servicemembers on the civilian workplace.

  • Ironman truck drivers perform wartime delivery on Black Hawk

    Jun 10, 2011

    When Soldiers with the 133rd Infantry Regiment were experiencing heavy in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, every available officer and enlisted Soldier in the distribution platoon packaged about 25 bags before helicopters from Company A, 1st Battalion, 169th Combat Aviation Brigade, arrived to deliver the supplies to the troops in contact.

  • U.S., Iraqi pilots conduct joint training

    Jun 9, 2011

    Two U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters flew in formation with two Iraqi Air Force helicopters during May 18, 2011, on a joint medical evacuation training mission, serving to build rapport and partnerships between the two militaries.

  • Florida Guardsman becomes Army’s first female Avenger Master Gunner

    Jun 9, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Jessica Ray, with the Florida National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery, recently became the first female to graduate from the Avenger Master Gunner course.

  • Gates: Guard, Reserve roles need examining

    Jun 7, 2011

    The Defense Department is taking a look at the roles of the National Guard and Reserve Components, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

  • National Guard's tornado, flood response jumps to 5,000 over past week

    Jun 6, 2011

    In the aftermath of severe storms that have brought devastating tornadoes to areas of Missouri and Massachusetts and major flooding across the Midwest and other parts of the U.S., the number of citizen-Soldiers who are answering the call for help has risen to about 5,000.

  • Female troops provide vital link to Afghan women

    Jun 6, 2011

    A group of female National Guard Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan attached to combat units as a "Female Engagement Team," to talk to Afghan women in an effort to better understand their concerns.

  • S.C. Guard delivers USO in box

    Jun 2, 2011

    The S.C. Army National Guard answered a “special delivery” request and supported an organization that has done so much for the military, the USO.

  • Labor Department grants to provide veterans job training

    Jun 2, 2011

    As part of an interagency effort to support America’s veterans, the Labor Department today announced $37 million in grants to provide job training for about 21,000 veterans, many of them homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

  • 3 brothers, uncle serving in Kabul area

    Jun 1, 2011

    A Nebraska family is serving their nation above and beyond the call of duty. As unbelievable as this sounds, three brothers are serving together in the Kabul area and living in nearby Camp Phoenix.

  • 4,300 Guard members responding to U.S. floods

    Jun 1, 2011

    The number of National Guard members responding to severe spring flooding rose to about 4,300 over the weekend as parts of the Missouri River began to swell in states such as North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

  • Guard recruits join flood effort

    May 31, 2011

    In a first-of-its-kind activation, some of the newest members of the North Dakota National Guard are getting a taste for one of the missions they signed up to perform -- flood duty.

  • Gates, Mullen praise efforts of troops, families, vets

    May 30, 2011

    Flanked by the memorials of wars past, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today said he has had no greater honor than serving and leading the U.S. military.

  • Obama taps Dempsey, Winnefeld as chairman, vice chairman

    May 30, 2011

    President Barack Obama announced his choice of Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as chairman and Navy Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr. as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a Rose Garden ceremony today.

  • Guardsman helps rescue tornado victims in Joplin

    May 27, 2011

    A National Guard specialist rescued dozens of people trapped in a collapsed Wal-Mart store following a deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2011.

  • America’s Army: 'Strength of the Nation' for 236 years

    May 26, 2011

    The Army celebrates its 236th birthday on June 14, 2011, and the milestone brings a full lineup of events to commemorate the many roles the Army fulfills.

  • National Guard helps British Withdraw from Iraq

    May 25, 2011

    The 1244th Transportation Company from North Riverside, Ill., along with the 230th Sustainment Brigade's Personnel Security Detail, headquartered out of Chattanooga, Tenn., took a trip to Umm Qasr, Iraq, May 16, 2011, to transport the last remaining British soldiers and their equipment out of Iraq.

  • National Guard completes largest-ever exercise

    May 24, 2011

    About 40,000 National Guard members working with active duty servicemembers and federal and state emergency personnel completed "National Level Exercise 11" May 20, 2011, signaling the successful execution of the largest interagency exercise ever, Guard officials said.

  • U.S. Army surgeons foster relationship with medical community in Haiti

    May 23, 2011

    Two U.S. Army surgeons currently taking part in Task Force Bon Voizen, a New Horizons Haiti 2011 humanitarian engineer and medical training exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard, shared their skills with Haitian physicians at St. Nicolas Hospital, in St. Marc, Haiti, May 19, 2011.

  • Mullen: New Army officers should be Soldiers, statesmen

    May 23, 2011

    The newly commissioned officers of the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2011 should strive to be Soldiers as well as statesmen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the academy's commencement here, today.

  • Missouri Guard task force begins support operations in Joplin

    May 23, 2011

    Immediately after being activated by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, the Missouri National Guard began tornado relief operations in Joplin.

  • Army presents MacArthur Leadership Awards

    May 20, 2011

    The Army's best young leaders, who exemplify duty, honor and country, gathered at the Pentagon May 19, 2011, to receive the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

  • Louisiana Guard search, rescue boat teams prepare to help flood victims

    May 19, 2011

    As flood waters from the swollen Mississippi River rise, Louisiana National Guardsmen stand ready to perform search and rescue missions in the event citizens need assistance.

  • Angkor Sentinel officially begins with opening ceremony

    May 19, 2011

    Angkor Sentinel 2011 officially began with an opening ceremony May 18, 2011, at the Training School for Multi-National Peace Keeping Forces, Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia.

  • Face of Defense: Deployed Soldier becomes U.S. citizen

    May 19, 2011

    Spc. Rafael Santos from the Massachusetts National Guard's 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, returned recently from Kandahar, where he took his citizenship exam and then took part in a citizenship oath ceremony along with about 75 other new citizens.

  • National Guard, USNORTHCOM kick off major national level training exercise

    May 18, 2011

    The National Guard, in cooperation with several federal agencies, including U.S. Northern Command, kicked off exercise ARDENT SENTRY 2011 today as part of the National Level Exercise 2011.

  • Gates budget review to 'force discussion' of risk analysis

    May 18, 2011

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today announced the framework for a comprehensive review of military spending designed to put national security needs ahead of arbitrary budget cuts.

  • On target for partnership: New York Guard Soldiers form bonds in South African rifle match

    May 18, 2011

    A team of eight New York National Guard Soldiers competed against Soldiers and police officers from South Africa, Great Britain and New Zealand in Bloemfontein, South Africa, May 2-8, 2011.

  • 2011 Warrior Games open

    May 17, 2011

    The 2011 Warrior Games kicked off Monday evening at the U.S. Olympic Training Center when Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta lit the torch to start the games.

  • NY Guard Yellow Ribbon Program helps Soldiers, families deal with redeployment stress

    May 17, 2011

    Soldiers from across New York State and their families gathered for a two-day session during which they learned about problems and concerns that can crop up when National Guard Soldiers return from a combat zone to civilian life.

  • Tornado disaster assistance may be available for some vets

    May 17, 2011

    The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that special disaster assistance may be available to veterans with VA-guaranteed home loans who have been affected by recent tornados in the South.