Guard releases 2012 annual report

The Missouri National Guard recently released its annual report that highlights the Guard’s work for 2012.

That work included its stateside mission, which included emergency duties after a tornado in Taney and Stone counties, as well as its international mission, which included deployments to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and the Sinai Peninsula.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of our citizen-soldiers and airmen this year,” Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, said in a press release. “They’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty to fulfill their state and federal missions with the utmost professionalism and dedication.”

The report noted that Guard-related federal and state funding helped cities and counties throughout the state to the tune of about $1.2 billion.

During the past fiscal year, the Guard continued to help Joplin rebuild from a 2011 tornado that hit the community. The Guard also opened an air assault school at Camp Crowder, and one of its aviation battalion received 24 new aircraft.

“This report tells the story of the more than 11,500 soldiers and airmen in our ranks, and how they tirelessly serve our state and nation,” Danner said.

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