Vermont National Guard News
U.S. Army Capt. Lauren Weber, Ohio National Guard Biathlon Team, loads her weapon during a biathlon sprint race at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., Jan. 27, 2018. Athletes from 24 states participated in the National Guard Eastern, Western, and Central Regional Biathlon Competitions. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Avery Cunningham)
National Guard Biathlon Regionals Held in Vermont
By Sgt. Avery Cunningham | Jan. 27, 2018
National Guardsmen from 24 states competed in their respective Regional Biathlon Competitions at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont. Biathlon consists of target shooting and ski racing. Competitors, ranging from novice to master, are divided into west, central, and east regions.

A member of the Puerto Rico militia, Luis Suarez, picks up water from a loading dock at a Federal Emergency Management Agency distribution center in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Oct. 26, 2017. FEMA, assisted by the National Guard and militia, distributes water and food to people throughout the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Avery Cunningham)
National Guard purifies and distributes water
By Spc. Avery Cunningham | Oct. 26, 2017
National Guardsmen are working together to supply the local area with drinking water using their reverse osmosis water purification units (ROWPU). The units supply anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 gallons of water a day. From the early morning and into the night residents with containers and tanks on their trucks make their way to receive clean water.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Juan Carlos Ortiz, commander, 268th Transportation Company, 393rd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 166th Regional Support Group, 1st Mission Support Command, hikes up a steep driveway to provide water to residents living in the mountains of Jayuya, Puerto Rico, Oct. 25, 2017. Residents rely on state and federal agencies for all their drinking and cooking water. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Scott Detweiler)
Reserve unit climbs the extra mile
By Capt. J. Scott Detwiler | Oct. 25, 2017
Winding their way up steep mountain roads, no more than 12 feet wide, the 268th Transportation Company, 393rd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 166th Regional Support Group, 1st Mission Support Command out of Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico delivers cases of water and food to the 5,000 residents of Jayuya. Many residents are surviving without electricity for more than six weeks following Hurricane Irma, so the mission of the 268th TC is as much community relations as it is commodity distribution.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 1 Glory O’Neil, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, briefs the brigade at Fort Drum, N.Y., June 8, 2017. The 86th IBCT (MTN) conducted a warfighter exercise for their annual training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham)
86th IBCT finishes warfighter exercise
By Spc. Avery Cunningham | July 18, 2017
The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, conducted a warfighter exercise held from June 3-14. The exercise is a tactical operations drill designed to train brigade staff using a simulation with the Army’s Command Post of the Future, a software system that enables commanders to see the battlefield and communicate across the force. The brigade was at Fort Drum to facilitate the exercise.

U.S. Army Spc. Jody Fabian, left, Alpha Company, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, throws a grenade while Staff Sgt. David Hart, right, acts as a range safety at Fort Drum, N.Y., June 13, 2017. Soldiers with the 572nd BEB qualified with hand grenades and other weapon systems during their annual training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham)
572nd BEB kicks-off annual training
By Spc. Avery Cunningham | June 13, 2017
The 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, kicked off annual training with a bang on Tuesday. Soldiers from the unit participated in various live-fire ranges with fragmentation grenades, Mark 19 40mm grenade machine guns, M4 carbines, M249 light machine guns and M240B machine guns.
National Guard News
Senior military leaders speak on a panel about the National Guard's role in the U.S. military's cyber mission force May 16, 2018, as part of Cyber Shield 18, in Camp Atterbury, Ind., an exercise bringing together more than 800 soldiers, airmen, and civilians from 40 states and territories to test their skills in response to cyber-incidents. The panel included (from left to right) Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, the commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command, Maj. Gen. James E. Taylor, the special assistant to the Director of the Army National Guard for Operations, Plans, and Strategy, Brig. Gen. Neil S. Hersey, the Commandant of the U. S. Army Cyber School, and Dr. Russell Glen, the director of plans and policy G-2 at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Leaders discuss future of National Guard cyber warfare
By Staff Sgt. Michael Carden | May 21, 2018
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - While National Guard teams from across the nation tested themselves on their

Warrant Officer Ghenadie Varzari and SGT Andrei Dogari, Mechanics with the Moldovan Defense Forces, work together to troubleshoot the issue in a Humvee engine at the North Carolina National Guard Combine Support Maintenance Shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17, 2018. The North Carolina National Guard and the Moldovan Defense Forces have been hosting bi-lateral engagements through the State Partnership Program that has allowed Soldier growth and development for both countries.
NCNG, Moldovan soldiers collaborate on Humvee maintenance
By Sgt. Natalie Post | May 21, 2018
RALEIGH, N.C.- Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Combined Support Maintenance

Maryland Guard cyber warfare operators from the 175th Wing's Cyber Operations Group support Exercise Hedgehog May 7, 2018, in Southern Estonia. The Cyber personnel advise and assist Estonian Defence Force and Estonia Defence League members to evaluate internal policy for cyber-related activities.
Md. Guard exercises cyber awareness with Estonian comrades
By Maj. Kurt Rauschenberg | May 18, 2018
TARTU, Estonia —The 175th Wing's Cyber Operations Group from Warfield Air National Guard Base,

Major General Anthony German, the adjutant general of New York, meets with cadets at the Military Academy of South Africa in Saldanha,  Western Cape Province, South Africa on May 8, 2018. German was speaking at the Academy as part of an exchange program executed as part of the New York National Guard State Partnership Program relationship with the South African National Defense Force.
N.Y. National Guard commander visits South African school
By Maj. Al Phillips | May 17, 2018
SALDANHA South Africa—Maj. General Anthony German, the adjutant general of New York, spent 90

Twenty-three Lean Six Sigma students from Louisiana, Florida and Georgia stand with their instructors and higher-ups after taking four week-long classes at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans. The Louisiana National Guard was the first state to implement LSS in its planning to reduce waste while generating savings and cost avoidance.
La. National Guard identifies waste reducing strategies
By Sgt. Garrett L. Dipuma | May 17, 2018
NEW ORLEANS – Over the last nine months, the Louisiana National Guard and the National Guard Bureau
DOD News
Sailors and Soldiers from the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia embarked aboard Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), assigned to Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18), man the rails as the ship arrives in Thailand, May 19. PP18’s mission is to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships across the Indo-Pacific Region. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.
Pacific Partnership Kicks Off in Thailand for First Time
By Lt. Clyde Shavers | May 21, 2018
PATTAYA, Thailand -- Pacific Partnership 2018, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian

Royal Malaysian Navy sailors heave the lines to USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) crewmembers as the ship arrives in Seppangar Naval Base as part of a U.S. 7th Fleet theater security cooperation patrol. Millinocket will visit several countries in the Indo-Pacific in the coming weeks, 21 May 2018.
USNS Millinocket and Embarked 7th Fleet Staff Pulls into Kota Kinabalu
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Krucke | May 21, 2018
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia -- USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet Sailors and

Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, load onto busses headed to Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, May 18, 2018. BLT 2/5 will be taking up the role as the Ground Combat Element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide range of military operations.
"Retreat, Hell!" Marines land in Okinawa
By Lance Cpl. Matthew Navarra | May 21, 2018
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- The Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, joined the

Coast Guard Assists Canadian Mariner in Distress Off Big Island of Hawaii
By | May 21, 2018
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The Coast Guard assisted a distressed Canadian mariner to Hilo Sunday after his

Sailors from deck department man the phone-and-distance line on the flight deck as MH-60S Sea Hawks, assigned to Military Sealift Command (MSC) dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), deliver ordnance to the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), as part of a replenishment-at-sea during sea trials. The non-combatant, civilian-crewed ship, operated by MSC, provides fuel, food, ordnance, spare parts, mail and other supplies to Navy ships throughout the world. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka After Successful Sea Trials
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Janweb B. Lagazo | May 21, 2018
YOKOSUKA, Japan -- The forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to