Assembling Unguided Conventional Bombs

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Vanover helps assemble unguided conventional bombs during a practice run for the second annual Air Force Global Strike Command Global Strike Challenge in Minot, N.D., Aug. 16, 2011. Minot airmen from both the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing have participated in this year's event, which runs through November. Vanover is a 5th Munitions Squadron maintenance crew member. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron-Forrest Wainwright.

A Recovery Mission Within A Recovery Mission

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers debris quality assurance inspector Jason Brown and his collection of American flags from Ward County, N.D. Brown is working the Corps debris removal mission in Ward County, N.D., helping communities recover flooding that resulted when the Souris River overtopped its banks in June 2011. While in North Dakota, Brown, who's also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has taken on a mission to collect American flags he finds while performing his job in this north-central North Dakota county of 61,000 people. As of July 31, 2011, he's collected more than 35, some of which were given to him by contractors who have come across them. Photo by GEORGE STRINGHAM.

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Guard Helps Thousands Flee Floods

North Dakota National Guard vehicles patrol one of the mandatory evacuation zones in Minot, N.D., June 22. The patrols ensure that all citizens have evacuated their homes and render any required assistance in the areas threatened by the rising water of the Souris River that has exceeded major flood stage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp)

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Driving Through Flood Waters On Interstate 29 Near Fargo

Residents and travelers drive through flood waters on Interstate 29 near Fargo, N.D., April 10, 2011.

Coast Guard members worked with federal, state and local agencies to conduct wellness checks and perform rescues and other critical functions to ensure the safety of the residents affected by the flooding.

The Coast Guard had 54 personnel in the region to support this operation.

There were two airboat crews, two rescue helicopter crews, an aircraft maintenance team and a boat maintenance and support team on scene.

An additional 19 personnel comprised the incident management team located at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi, St. Louis.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Seth Johnson/Released)

Cass County Rescue Work

Jesse Jahner, right, a sheriff with the Cass County Sheriff's Office, carries a young girl to safety after a dike broke near her home trapping her inside, Fargo, N.D., April 10, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard members are working with federal, state and local agencies to conduct wellness checks and perform rescues and other critical functions to ensure the safety of the residents affected by the flooding. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert

North Dakota National Guard Continues Quick Flood Response

Sgt. Adam Flegel, of the 815th Engineer Company, reaches for a sandbag, April 11, as he begins the first link a human sandbag passing chain in Fargo, N.D. He is a member of a quick response force team dispatched to control the water being discharged by a faulty storm sewer during flood fighting activities in the Red River Valley area along the North Dakota and Minnesota border. About 500 Guardsmen are currently conducting flood operations in North Dakota, with the vast majority in Cass County. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp.

North Dakota National Guard Is Assisting With Flood Fight

Staff Sgt. Nick Suko, left and Sgt. Justin Valenti are members of the North Dakota National Guard Joint Task Force East participating in flood flood fighting operations April 6, at the North Dakota Air National Guard, Fargo, N.D. The high tech flood fighting operations center is being manned 24-hours per day until it is no longer necessary. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp.

North Dakota Guardsmen Prepared For Flood Response

A National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops several one-ton sandbags on the spill-way of the Clausen Springs Dam near Kathryn, N.D., April 15.

The one-ton sandbags are being lowered and positioned into a place on the dam spillway so that they will divert over-flowing water away from an eroding area of the dam, caused by high water levels.

The dam spill-way is considered a flood water retarding structure designed to gradually release rain water and spring melt from the dam reservoir.

The erosion occurring on the dam spillway is threatening to allow larger volumes of water than intended to over-flow into a creek, which runs through Kathryn, N.D. and into the Sheyenne River.

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp.

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We’re Going In!

Security forces Airmen advance toward a door during a training exercise Jan. 24, 2011, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The Airmen are assigned to the 5th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michael J. Veloz)

Returning From A Year Of Duty In Kosovo

North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers take their first steps onto U.S. soil at Indianapolis International Airport as they return from their KFOR 12 deployment, July 18.

Waiting to greet them at the bottom of the stairs is Maj. Gen. David A. Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general.

About 400 Soldiers returned to Camp Atterbury, Ind. and Fort Benning, Ga., after yearlong duty in Kosovo.

The Soldiers are participating in the demobilization process before returning home to North Dakota.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Billie Jo Lorius.

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North Dakota Guard Conduct Training On New Bridge Equipment

Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge Company) work on securing the Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) emplaced on the Missouri River south of Bismarck, N.D., June 10-11, 2010. MKII Bridge Erection Boats (BEB) are depicted on both sides of the bridge as a backhoe is crossing the bridge. The 957th participated in an evaluation of the new “Thrust and Shore Guy” anchorage system with Product Manager Bridging, Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), TACOM Research, Development and Engineer Center (TARDEC), Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, and the National Guard Bureau. (Photo by Bill Prokopyk, North Dakota National Guard)

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Reserve Airmen complete deployment to Guam

A B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean during exercise Tropic Fury. Airmen of the 434th Air Refueling Wing from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., recently completed a deployment in support of Pacific refueling operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Surprise Connection

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Traver Silbernagel, left, and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, the North Dakota adjutant general, communicate with Silbernagel's wife, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jennifer Silbernagel, via Skype after a surprise promotion for her husband at the North Dakota National Guard's Emergency Operations Center in Fargo, N.D., March 21, 2010. Capt. Silbernagel, a North Dakota Guardsman, has been serving in the United Arab Emirates. Her husband has been working a 12-hour flood shift. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp

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Experimental Flood Protection Barrier

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Casey Pritchard, with the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, assembles a section of the experimental AquaFence flood protection barrier in Fargo, N.D., March 17, 2010. The fence is being installed to see if it can be an effective flood barrier. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force/Released)

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Sandbag Barrier

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Raam Chinwongs, center, and Tech. Sgt. Jason Meuchel, left, place sandbags on a flood barrier in Fargo, N.D., March 16, 2010. Troops and residents are building sandbag dikes in the backyards of homes along the Red River. Chinwongs is assigned to the 119th Maintenance Squadron, and Meuchel is assigned to the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp

Air Force Global Strike Command Officials Assume ICBM Mission

A maintenance team from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., works on an ICBM. The Air Force Global Strike Command will gain the missile wings at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.; Malmstrom AFB; and Minot AFB, N.D., as it assumes control of 20th Air Force and the ICBM mission Dec. 1. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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Air Force officials reactivate 69th Bomb Squadron at Minot

69th Bomb Squadron members watch as the squadron commander addresses them for the first time during the 69th activation ceremony Sept. 3, 2009, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The new unit is the fourth operational B-52H Stratofortress squadron in the Air Force and joins the 23rd Bomb Squadron as the second squadron at Minot AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Stratton)

69th Bomb Squadron members watch as the squadron commander addresses them for the first time during the 69th activation ceremony Sept. 3, 2009, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The new unit is the fourth operational B-52H Stratofortress squadron in the Air Force and joins the 23rd Bomb Squadron as the second squadron at Minot AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Stratton)

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