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Fist Bump by GoberSA Fist Bump by GoberSA
Staff Sergeant Christopher Rohrer of Pottstown, Pennsylvania is greeted by a Latvian boy with a "fist bump" and smiles during a training exercise in Riga, Latvia during Saber Strike 2011. Rohrer is a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 56th Stryker Brigade. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Stephen A. Gober)
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SkirmisherDak Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh thats pretty cool. I read up a bit of the NG. Whats it "exactly" like?
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
The National Guard is a state-funded branch of the United States Army, as opposed to the Army Reserve, which is funded at the federal level. While technically imagined as the more stateside division of the military, the National Guard has been deployed overseas many times since their inception. At the peak of troop deployment during the Iraq War, 40% of American troops were National Guard.

In contrast to active duty soldiers, the National Guard is more like a part-time job for those enlisted. They train one weekend a month, along with a two week long period of training each year, and go active duty only when called on to do so. This often earns them the monicker of "Weekend Warriors".
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SkirmisherDak Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah nice!
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   Writer
The other big difference is that National Guard don't get to keep their uniform once they're honorably discharged, while active duty soldiers of every branch do.
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SkirmisherDak Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, thats interesting.
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LoN3WolF396 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah fist bump!
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frazzimals Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Lovely photo :) its nice to see the soldiers get some love
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LaJolly Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful picture, very nice captured moment!
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GoberSA Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much! I do love my job and it's moments like that one that make it all worthwhile.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your picture has been featured in my Veteran's Day 2010 Tribute article. :salute:
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