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  • Mechanization to boost Afghan food production

    Feb 8, 2011

    Afghan farmers were tearing up the dirt Sunday as they received the keys to 50 two-wheel tractors.

  • Mullen: Building resilience must start at basic training

    Feb 8, 2011

    Leadership that builds resilience in servicemembers and their families starting with the first day of basic training is essential to the U.S. military's future, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

  • Longest-serving SMA says goodbye

    Feb 7, 2011

    The longest-serving sergeant major of the Army emphasized the importance of maintaining an adaptable force during a farewell interview today at the Pentagon.

  • Academy commandant to be next SMA

    Feb 6, 2011

    Army senior leadership announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler III will serve as the 14th sergeant major of the Army.

  • Enhanced Combat Helmet to be fielded in fall

    Feb 4, 2011

    The Army is looking at an improved combat helmet that surpasses the capabilities of what Soldiers are currently wearing in the field, and it may be available in the fall.

  • Nett Warrior looking at plate-shaped batteries

    Feb 4, 2011

    New technology, including SAPI-plate-shaped batteries, came out of the recent limited user test for the Nett Warrior system.

  • 'Old Glory' keeps Soldier safe, makes way home

    Feb 4, 2011

    For one Fort Polk Soldier, the post retirement ceremony Jan. 26, was not only the culmination of his career, but also time to retire the flag that he credited with keeping him and its original owner safe through deployments since World War II.

  • Hoosier Soldiers share poultry knowledge in Afghanistan

    Feb 3, 2011

    Members of the Indiana National Guard's 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team have spent the last several months assisting Afghan farmers and Feb. 2 they taught a class on poultry management.

  • Mapping your life: Embedded data in photos could tip off criminals

    Feb 3, 2011

    The potential dangers of geotagging and location-based social networking exists. Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video, web sites and instant messages.

  • Guard continues help in nine states hit by storms

    Feb 3, 2011

    About 2,500 National Guard members are continuing relief and rescue operations in nine of the 30 states affected by the blizzard conditions and severe winter storms covering an almost 2,000-mile stretch of the country.

  • Army Family Action Plan delegates tackle 88 issues

    Feb 2, 2011

    The perception of a week-long meeting of Army spouses is one of the greatest misnomers about the annual Army Family Action Plan Conference, organizers said, as the event opened its 2011 rendition here, Monday, at the Sheraton National Hotel.

  • Army wounded marksmen aim for Warrior Games

    Feb 2, 2011

    Wounded warriors took aim at becoming members of the Army's 2010 Warrior Games team at a shooting clinic set up just for them last week by the elite Army Marksmanship Unit.

  • National Guard responding to year's biggest storm

    Feb 2, 2011

    In response to blizzard conditions and strong winter storms across a third of the country, six governors have declared states of emergency and about 1,100 National Guard members from 11 states have been activated or are on standby, National Guard Bureau officials said.

  • Chiarelli expects increase in behavioral health needs

    Feb 1, 2011

    The Army's vice chief of staff opened the Reserve Officers Association National Security Symposium by predicting an increase in the number of Soldiers suffering from depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

  • Army surgeon general presents top 10 initiatives

    Feb 1, 2011

    Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker announced his Top 10 initiatives for Army medicine Jan. 27.

  • VA tweaks automation, benefits for Post-9/11 GI Bill

    Feb 1, 2011

    A new automation system will speed up the turn-around time for veterans and Soldiers to receive new benefits under the latest version of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Affairs officials said Monday.

  • Alaska MPs train on Guard Black Hawks

    Jan 31, 2011

    For the past two weeks, Soldiers of the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conducted squad training to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Army foundation unveils commemorative coins

    Jan 31, 2011

    Three coins commemorating the Army are now available for purchase from the U.S. Mint.

  • Waste recycling program helps Afghans, environment

    Jan 31, 2011

    Members of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are volunteering their time to develop a "fuel donut" made from recycled materials, which burns like a briquette and provides an alternative heat source for Afghan families who live in homes without modern heating conveniences.

  • DoD officials: 'Don't Ask' repeal plan progressing quickly

    Jan 31, 2011

    The plan to end the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military is progressing quickly, senior Defense Department officials said here today.

  • Army Enterprise e-mail migration to begin in February

    Jan 28, 2011

    Although the road toward Enterprise e-mail may seem complicated, there is a clear map, leaders know where the effort is headed, and the economy sized e-mail box Soldiers have now is about to become a luxury sedan, about 40 times bigger.

  • Army recognizes families of fallen with vehicle decal, easier installation access

    Jan 27, 2011

    During a Survivor Outreach Services working group meeting last year, several participants expressed difficulty in gaining access to military installations to take part in SOS programs and support services.

  • Losing 100 pounds gains hundreds of PT points

    Jan 21, 2011

    Louisiana National Guardsman Spc. Alejandro Zuniga scored an incredible 401 points on his most recent Army Physical Fitness Test -- something even he found hard to believe considering the state he was in less than two years ago.

  • Army sees slight reduction in active-duty suicides

    Jan 19, 2011

    The Army vice chief of staff reported a slight reduction this past year in suicides committed by Soldiers on active duty, from 162 in 2009 to 156 in 2010.

  • Guard general: Investments in Army Guard critical for domestic operations

    Jan 19, 2011

    The Army National Guard is the best force provider for domestic operations, said Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter, acting director, during opening remarks Tuesday at the 2011 National Guard Bureau Domestic Operations Workshop.

  • National Guard biathlon team defends title

    Jan 19, 2011

    The North Dakota National Guard Biathlon Team has repeated last year's championship win and were named the Central Region Biathlon champions, held at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minn., Jan. 12-16, giving the team an opportunity to defend their national title in March.

  • WCAP bobsledder wins World Cup gold on farewell tour

    Jan 18, 2011

    Team USA bobsled pilot Sgt. Shauna Rohbock is back in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program for what may be her farewell tour on the World Cup circuit.

  • Chinook fielding may ease governors' concerns

    Jan 14, 2011

    When Army National Guard units deploy and take aviation assets with them, it sometimes leaves voids back home, but a Guard official said CH-47 Chinooks expected to be fielded beginning this month may alleviate some of that concern.

  • Civilian Expeditionary Workforce prepares civilians for deployments

    Dec 28, 2010

    The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce is a Defense Department program to deploy some of its civilian employees to support military operations. The deployments are voluntary and they receive their training and processing here at Camp Atterbury and at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.

  • National Guard responds to East Coast storm

    Dec 28, 2010

    As of 8 a.m. today, 430 National Guard members had been activated in response to an East Coast winter storm that left as much as two feet of snow in some areas and prompted six governors to activate their National Guard troops.

  • Army officials work to treat invisible wounds of war

    Dec 27, 2010

    Military leaders and troops alike need more time at home between deployments to help diagnose and receive treatment for the "invisible" wounds of war such as post traumatic stress, a senior Army officer said today.

  • President signs repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy

    Dec 22, 2010

    President Barack Obama today signed the bill to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military.

  • House votes to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Gates urges Senate action

    Dec 15, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is pleased with today's House of Representatives vote to repeal the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said, and he hopes the Senate will follow suit before its current session ends.

  • National Guard boosting Southwest border security

    Dec 15, 2010

    National Guard troops deployed to the U.S. border with Mexico are boosting Border Patrol agents' efforts, a senior Customs and Border Protection agent said Tuesday.

  • R&R program reaches one million milestone

    Dec 13, 2010

    Local story from Kuwait explaining positive partnering for R&R program

  • South Carolina Gold Star Families gather for holiday celebration

    Dec 11, 2010

    Instead of exchanging gifts, several dozen family members at the second annual Survivor Outreach Services holiday gathering shared memories of their beloved Soldiers who have died.

  • Senate resolution brings recognition to Gold Star Wives

    Dec 7, 2010

    For the first time, America officially recognizes the contributions and dedication of military widows with ''Gold Star Wives Day.''

  • Military can manage 'Don't Ask' repeal

    Dec 3, 2010

    The military can deal effectively with allowing openly gay servicemembers in its ranks, leaders of a working group that studied the issue for the Defense Department told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

  • Servicemembers complete transition, become Soldiers

    Dec 2, 2010

    The Warrior Transition Course is graduating its last class at Fort Sill Dec. 9 and they're making sure these trainees measure up to Army standards.

  • Extra efforts to speed troops home for holidays

    Dec 1, 2010

    Extra measures are being taken by the 1st Theater Sustainment Command and others this month to ensure troops get home for the holidays without delays and they will have the highest priority for flight seating.

  • Applications sought for Quality of Life Awards

    Dec 1, 2010

    The Army is seeking applications for its third annual Secretary of the Army Quality of Life Awards program.

  • DoD certifies New York Guard civil support team

    Dec 1, 2010

    The Department of Defense today announced that it has certified the New York National Guard's 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (CST) as operational.

  • Gates, Mullen endorse 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' working group's report

    Nov 30, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged the Senate to repeal the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law this year. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at a Pentagon news conference unveiling the recommendations of the working group tasked with looking at the issues associated with implementing a repeal of the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers participate in South African military skills competition

    Nov 29, 2010

    Five New York Army National Guard soldiers traveled to Potschefstroom Military Base, South Africa to participate in the South African National Military Skills Competition, November 8-13, 2010.

  • New York National Guard on duty in 'Big Apple' during busy Thanksgiving travel period

    Nov 24, 2010

    As New Yorkers and other Americans head to their Thanksgiving holiday destinations on the busiest travel day of the year today, members of the New York National Guard will be on duty in New York City augmenting security operations in train stations and at the airports.

  • Medical clinic at Fort Hood renamed after National Guard medic

    Nov 24, 2010

    A National Guard combat medic killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom was memorialized Nov. 23 when Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's West Fort Hood Health Clinic was renamed in his honor.

  • Bagpipe melody carries sound of completed dream

    Nov 24, 2010

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric McKee's face is swollen and red as he strains to breathe oxygen into his lungs. For the past 18 months, McKee, an improvised explosive device task force member with U.S. Army Forces Command's engineers section, has been playing the bagpipes, a skill he learned when deployed to Afghanistan.

  • Guardsman works to develop Afghan National Army

    Nov 17, 2010

    Having never mobilized with an activated unit, Col. Michael Herman of Aberdeen, S.D., said, he knew he wanted to serve in Afghanistan in some capacity. He now is helping to develop the Afghan National Army.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers place fifth at South African Military Stakes event

    Nov 16, 2010

    The weather was hot; the weapons were different; and there was little time to practice. But five New York Army National Guard Soldiers had the time of their life and placed fifth out of 22 teams during the South African Reserve Force Council Military Skills Competition 2010 at Potchefstroom Military Base Nov. 8-13.

  • MOH recipient: 'My wife is my rock'

    Nov 16, 2010

    As President Barack Obama hangs the pale blue ribbon holding the Medal of Honor around the neck of Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta in a White House Ceremony today, Giunta's wife Jennifer will be at his side, offering her quiet support, just as she has done throughout his two deployments, and especially during the whirlwind of media interviews and VIP meetings that followed the award announcement in September.

  • U.S. Army Alaska, Indian Army mark success of Yudh Abhyas 2010 at closing ceremony

    Nov 14, 2010

    U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian Army celebrated the end of Yudh Abhyas 2010 during a ceremony Nov. 14 at Buckner Physical Fitness Center, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

  • Missouri Guard marksmen win national title

    Nov 8, 2010

    For the first time in the 40-year history of the national-level Winston P. Wilson Marksmanship Sustainment Training Exercise, the Missouri National Guard brought home the championship trophy, leaving the Show-Me State marksmen both surprised and brimming with pride.

  • Newman's Army car to feature faces of more than 500 veterans

    Nov 8, 2010

    Ryan Newman's Veterans Day Chevrolet that will compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The car will feature more than 500 photos of men and women who served in the military.

  • Fort Hood shooting victims remembered during Afghanistan cross-fit competition

    Nov 6, 2010

    Cross-fit competition held in honor of the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.

  • U.S. and Japanese military work to build a stronger team

    Nov 6, 2010

    Orient Shield XI is a bilateral exercise between the U.S. Army and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force being held at Kamifurano, Hokkaido, Japan.

  • Guard chief sets support to assault victims as priority

    Nov 2, 2010

    Providing support to victims of sexual assault is one of the National Guard's top goals, the Guard's senior officer told attendees at the 2010 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Leadership Summit Monday.

  • Guard Bureau looks into allegations of fraud

    Nov 1, 2010

    The National Guard Bureau is looking into allegations of fraud and abuse and, if necessary, revamping its procedures for detecting fraud after it was discovered that several states may have disbursed funds as enlistment bonuses to those who may not have qualified for them.

  • Father accompanies son to Afghanistan

    Oct 28, 2010

    For Army Sgt. Jason Hudgins of the Delaware National Guard, serving in Afghanistan meant deploying and serving alongside his father, Army Spc. Dale Hudgins.

  • Program links reservists, guardsmen, families to jobs

    Oct 22, 2010

    A program that links reserve and National Guard members, their families and veterans with civilian employers has reached a milestone, with more than 1,000 employers now signed on to hire qualified job-seekers. The Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces, originally an Army Reserve initiative that has expanded militarywide, is growing by leaps and bounds as it helps both the military and civilian employers tap into the same talent pool, reported Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, who founded the program.

  • National Guard takes control of major U.S. command in Afghanistan

    Oct 21, 2010

    Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan, the senior supply and logistics command for all U.S. forces in Afghanistan, changed hands between two National Guard units Oct. 17 during a transfer of authority ceremony.

  • Indiana National Guard supports state counter drug initiative

    Oct 19, 2010

    The successful eradication of more than 20,500 marijuana plants valuing over $50 million in nine operational days of concentrated, collaborative effort by Indiana State Police, Indiana National Guard Counterdrug Task Force and other state and federal law enforcement agencies stopped illegal drugs from hitting American streets.

  • New guide major tool for building resiliency in Guard

    Oct 18, 2010

    The Army National Guard has published an in-depth leader's guidebook to Soldier resilience. The guidebook, published by the Guard's Soldier and Family Support division, is meant as a tool to help Soldiers "learn how to [handle] difficult times in their lives, get through those times, and come out stronger afterwards," said Army Sgt. Maj. Jim Moore, of the division.

  • Guard to add forces for better homeland response

    Oct 5, 2010

    The National Guard is adding a Homeland Response Force package to its current chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield-explosive or CBRNE response capabilities.

  • Idaho National Guard Soldiers develop vital skills for intelligence collection

    Sep 29, 2010

    Sixty Soldiers from the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team's Company Intelligence Support Teams are taking part in an intensive eight-day Military Intelligence training cycle in preparation for their deployment to Iraq. This training will allow the Soldiers to both conduct and train others to conduct basic intelligence gathering operations enabling them to gain useful information about oppositional forces.

  • Army Guard gets its first Muslim chaplain

    Sep 27, 2010

    A Texas National Guard officer will become the Army National Guard's first Muslim chaplain in December.

  • Defense Department honors Guard, Reserve employers

    Sep 27, 2010

    Fifteen U.S. companies nominated by their employees received Defense Department awards yesterday for outstanding support to the Guard and Reserve members they employ.

  • Indiana National Guard retires M-198 howitzer

    Sep 22, 2010

    The 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery Regiment fired the final rounds using the M-198 155 mm Towed Howitzer on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

  • Senegal president praises Guard partnerships

    Sep 22, 2010

    The National Guard State Partnership Program is increasing understanding between African countries and the United States, the president of Senegal said in Burlington, Vt., Sept. 19.

  • Soldiers train with new .50-caliber machine gun simulator

    Sep 22, 2010

    New York Army National Guard soldiers can now hone their M2 machine gun skills in the classroom before heading out for the range, thanks to a new training system called Individual Gunnery Training or IGT.

  • Farmers helping train troops for Afghanistan

    Sep 15, 2010

    Soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan this fall with the Indiana Agribusiness Development Team are using the expertise of farmers from across the state to prepare for their mission.

  • Guard Soldiers participate in 'Colbert Report'

    Sep 9, 2010

    "Hey you can't park that here," yelled a voice from an upper floor of the New York City studio on West 54th Street.

  • Guard prepares for flu season

    Sep 7, 2010

    With the flu season approaching quickly, the Army and Air National Guard have released guidance for their 2010-2011 vaccination campaigns and will start shipping vaccinations to the states for immediate distribution, Guard officials said today.

  • Border mission 'not unique' for Guardsmen

    Sep 7, 2010

    Almost 1,100 National Guard members are on duty on the Southwest border performing a mission that is very familiar to many of them.

  • States activate Guard ahead of hurricane

    Sep 2, 2010

    National Guardsmen in states all along the East Coast are preparing for whatever Hurricane Earl sends their way this Labor Day weekend.

  • National Guard prepares for border operations

    Aug 31, 2010

    National Guard troops are poised to take up surveillance positions along the U.S. border with Mexico as part of Operation Copper Cactus.

  • Guard father, son fly together

    Aug 31, 2010

    Certifying one's son to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with night-vision gear takes the stress level up a notch - up about 500 feet from the ground to be specific; and that's exactly what Army Chief Warrant Officer Gary Button recently had the opportunity to do.

  • Hurricane Katrina response: National Guard's 'finest hour'

    Aug 27, 2010

    Aug. 29 marks the fifth anniversary of what has been described as the "finest hour" in the National Guard's near 400-year history by the former chief of the National Guard Bureau.

  • Lakota flies first medevac mission in Germany

    Aug 26, 2010

    The 121st Medical Company (Air Ambulance) of the District of Columbia National Guard recently became the first unit to perform a medical evacuation mission using the UH-72 Lakota helicopter in Hohenfels, Germany, on Aug. 10.

  • Civilian, military leaders: Guard is America's solution in changing times

    Aug 25, 2010

    Civilian and military leaders said here on Saturday that the National Guard is America's solution in a time of constrained budgets, increased missions and the necessity of developing greater partnership capacity.

  • Salem designated as birthplace of the National Guard

    Aug 20, 2010

    Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation designating the city of Salem as the birthplace of the National Guard during a ceremony held Aug. 19, 2010.

  • New York National Guard helps bring remains of World War II pilot home

    Aug 20, 2010

    When U.S. Army Air Forces pilot 1st Lt. Ray Fletcher returned home from World War II on Aug. 17, 2010, the New York National Army National Guard was there to help him along.

  • Army Guardsman receives Soldier's Medal for bravery

    Aug 19, 2010

    "An angel in disguise" is how Army Maj. Nathlon Jackson was described by Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley at a ceremony at the Army National Guard Readiness Center Wednesday.

  • Alaska National Guardsmen provide medical support at Khaan Quest 2010

    Aug 18, 2010

    Three Alaska National Guard members are providing medical support for U.S. and Mongolian troops during Khaan Quest 2010, a bilateral peacekeeping operations training exercise in Ulaanbaatar and Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia Aug. 8-29.

  • Guard Bureau offers social media guidelines for Guardsmen

    Aug 16, 2010

    National Guard members need to know that even though a new DoD policy authorizes them to use many of the social media and other Web 2.0 platforms available on a non-classified government computer, there are consequences for their misuse.

  • Guard troops receive orders, training for border duty

    Aug 12, 2010

    About one-third of the 1,200 troops that have been authorized to support the Department of Homeland Security-requested Southwest border mission have received their orders, Guard officials said today.

  • Budget constraints may not be bad thing

    Aug 12, 2010

    Change is constant, and Guardmembers should continue to prepare for changes in the future as budgetary constraints take effect, the Guard's senior enlisted advisor said recently.

  • Three states draw down Guard's oil spill response

    Aug 12, 2010

    Now that the leak has been plugged and the oil has been stopped, three of the four states on duty are decreasing the number of National Guard members they have responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Guard official describes Southwest border mission buildup

    Aug 11, 2010

    The National Guard has a long history of supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection efforts along the Southwest border, and it looks forward to the current support mission.

  • Guard chief tells force to prepare for prolonged overseas role

    Aug 9, 2010

    The National Guard likely will continue to play a significant role in overseas contingency operations for the foreseeable future, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Guard members.

  • Casey shares vision of National Guard's future

    Aug 5, 2010

    "No one wants to go back to the Guard being just a strategic reserve," Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said during a visit to the 2010 National Guard Family Program Volunteer Workshop. "We have come way too far. Half of the Guard are combat veterans. That's a fundamentally different force and, as a result, it's a fundamentally different Army."

  • National Guard ramps up Southwest border support

    Aug 3, 2010

    National Guard troops in four states are in training today as they prepare to join colleagues already supporting Border Patrol agents on the nation's Southwest border.

  • 911th Engineers train for worst-case rescue

    Jul 29, 2010

    At the Center for National Response in Gallagher, W. Va., the 911th Engineer Company (Technical Rescue) along with interagency partners, conducted an annual training exercise with a focus on proficiency in technical rescue operations July 19-30.

  • Alabama Guard on Deepwater Horizon front lines

    Jul 28, 2010

    They stand in the Gulf of Mexico, water waist-high, heat topping 100-degrees, building barriers against oil.

  • Soldiers, Airmen hone life-saving skills at Global Medic

    Jul 19, 2010

    As the patient lies bloodied on the stretcher, he grimaces with pain. With lacerations to his head and neck, it's clear that he is not in great condition -- he needs to be moved off the battlefield.

  • National Guard troops to deploy to U.S.-Mexico Border

    Jul 19, 2010

    Up to 1,200 National Guard members will deploy to the U.S. and Mexico border to assist in policing actions in the drug war.

  • Military support to mitigate oil spill continues

    Jul 16, 2010

    Military efforts along the Gulf Coast continue today as part of the federal response force to clean up the oil spill.

  • DoD, Guard establish eight Homeland Response Force units

    Jul 14, 2010

    Eight more homeland response force units will be established in fiscal year 2012.

  • Patriot Academy diversifies student body

    Jul 13, 2010

    It's been a year of milestones for the National Guard's Patriot Academy. The school opened its doors, Aug. 26, 2009, and graduated its first class March 18. Currently, a new class has started and a new precedent has been established. There are now female Soldiers attending the Patriot Academy.

  • Louisiana Guardsmen reinforce oil-protection structures

    Jul 12, 2010

    Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard are reinforcing oil protection structures along the coasts of Grand Isle and Port Fourchon, La.

  • Guardsman receives Medal of Valor for saving life

    Jul 12, 2010

    A Soldier received the South Carolina Medal of Valor after saving a man ejected from his vehicle after stalling on train tracks.

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