National Guard

Volunteers Bring Santa to Remote Alaska Village

This photo taken Dec. 6, 2014, shows Christmas toys and other supplies being loaded from a C130 military transport plane onto sleds being pulled by snowmobiles in Shishmaref, Alaska. (MARK THIESSEN/AP)

SHISHMAREF, Alaska  — Volunteers in the Operation Santa Program and the Alaska National Guard brought Christmas to the remote Inupiat Eskimo community of Shishmaref, on Alaska's western coast. Children received toys, coats, school supplies and the rare treats of apples and oranges along with ice cream during the Saturday visit. "'Cause everybo... more

Protesters Dwindle to Small Groups in Ferguson

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FERGUSON, Mo. — The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine. Scattered demonstrations continued Wednesday, including protesters who rushed into St. Lo... more

Serving Bravely at Home and Abroad

Illinois National Guard Members

May 23, 2012: ARLINGTON, Va. -- Six hundred ninety-three: That's how many brave, selfless National Guardsmen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 to ensure others a chance to enjoy freedom. Memorial Day is once again upon us, and it is important to reflect upon and honor those who have served in def... more

Guard Soldiers Come Home in Time for Christmas

With signs held high and faces smiling, family and friends gathered at Cambridge-Isanti High School on Sunday to welcome 140 soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard home for Christmas. Six-year-old Layla Saline held up two signs as her father and his fellow soldiers from the U.S. Army's 850th Horizontal Engineers Company walked into a gymnas... more

Guard Fathers, Sons Deploy Together

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KABUL, Afghanistan – Army Col. George Conwill sat in the back seat of an armored truck, leafing through papers before his next senior leader engagement with an Afghan official here. Dressed in full-battle-rattle, including a Kevlar helmet and dark, shatter-resistant sunglasses, he listened to the convoy leader as they went from mission prep to ... more

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