National Volunteer Workshop update

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Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter, Acting Director, U.S. Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, field questions from the participants at the 2011 National Volunteer Workshop hosted at the Galt House July 25 in Louisville, Ky. (Staff Photo by Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu from Louisiana, addresses the participants at the 2011 National Volunteer Workshop hosted at the Galt House July 25 in Louisville, Ky. Landrieu is an advocate for the military and supports efforts to improve educational opportunities and good standard of living for military families. (Staff Photo by Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 26, 2011) — The 2011 National Volunteer Workshop was off to a great start with a panel of distinguished guests — including¬†Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau and Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter, Acting Director, U.S. Army National Guard — taking questions from the audience.

The keynote speaker for this event was U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu from Louisiana, an advocate for military families.  Landrieu is well known for visiting troops and their families, as well as fighting to improve living conditions, educational benefits and the standard of living in the military community.

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Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, presents Kentucky's Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini with an award for his support of the 2011 National Volunteer Workshop hosted at the Galt House July 25 in Louisville, Ky. Carol Tonini, wife of the adjutant general, was present during the ceremony. (Staff Photo by Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Alex Baird, Chief of Family Programs, National Guard Bureau, presents Mrs. Mary Small, the wife of CW4 Phil Small, an award for her dedication and support as a volunteer for the Vermont National Guardsmen. The 2011 National Volunteer Workshop was hosted at the Galt House July 25 in Louisville, Ky. (Staff Photo by Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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