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Vermont National Guard News
Maj. Matthew Wignall and members of his unit hike down Jay Peak when he was the commander of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, Vermont Army National Guard, Jan. 26, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nathan Rivard/Released)
Meet Your Guard: Maj. Matthew Wignall
By | Aug. 31, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Essex resident Maj. Matthew Wignall, brigade operations officer, Headquarters, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard.

Officer Candidate Dylan Gates, officer candidate, 2nd Modular Training Battalion, 124th Regional Training Institute, poses for a photograph during completing Army Basic Training.
Meet Your Guard: Officer Candidate Dylan Gates
By | Aug. 24, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Colchester resident Officer Candidate Dylan Gates, an officer candidate with 2nd Modular Training Battlaion,124th Regional Training Institute.

U.S. Army Maj. Doran Metzger, Joint Force Headquarters, Vermont National Guard, is pinned by his wife during his promotion ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility, South Burlington, Vt., October 15, 2017. Metzger was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham)
Meet Your Guard: Lt. Col. Doran Metzger
By | Aug. 24, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard focuses on Milton resident, Lt. Col. Doran Metzger, aeromedical evacuations officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Vermont National Guard.

WWII pilot and combat veteran, Mr. Lyndol Palin connects with Col. Christopher Tumilowicz, 158th Operations Group Commander, in front of a Green Mountain Boy F-16 at the 158th Fighter Wing. Palin spent an afternoon engaging with the 134th Fighter Squadron at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, S. Burlington, Vt. June 3, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathon Alderman)
By Lt. Col. Thomas Graham | Aug. 23, 2018
Lyndol Palin, who passed away on July 14th, was a 96‐year old combat veteran who flew 35 missions as a B‐17 pilot in the European theater during the Second World War. He was assigned to the 385th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force and received the Distinguished Flying Cross while flying combat missions over Nazi‐occupied Europe. Mr. Palin grew up in Derby, Vermont, always dreaming to be a pilot, and lived there with his wife of 73 years, Evelyn

Lt. Col Daniel Finnegan receives the Koren Kolligian Trophy from Mr. Koren Kollegin II, Koren Jr.'s Nephew and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during a ceremony in the Pentagon,  Arlington, Va., June 25, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)
CSAF Presents Kolligian Trophy to Air National Guard Pilot
By By Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett | June 26, 2018
Lt. Col. Daniel Finnegan, Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing plans officer, was presented the Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein at the Pentagon, June 25, 2018.
National Guard News
Sgt. Lyndsay Monaco, Not In My Squad (NIMS) workshop facilitator and Brigade S-1 NCO for the National Ground Intelligence Center, conducts physical readiness training with female soldiers of the Peruvian army Sept. 10, 2018, in Lima, Peru. U.S. service members from the WVNG and U.S. Army South worked with the Peruvian Army to facilitate training for non-commissioned officer development, professionalism, ethical behavior, physical fitness, and gender integration for more than 500 PERAR soldiers during a week-long engagement.
West Virginia Guard joins with Peruvian partners in training
By Capt. Holli Nelson | Sept. 20, 2018
LIMA, Peru - Through a continuous partnership with U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH), members of the West

Spc. Mathew Hernon, a motor transport operator of the 1058th Transportation Company, Massachusetts National Guard, wades through the remnants of Hurricane Florence to assist a disabled woman trapped in her vehicle on Sept. 18, 2018.
Massachusetts Guard member helps a neighbor in flood
By Sgt. 1st Class Laura Berry | Sept. 20, 2018
QUINCY, Mass. - While the remnants of Hurricane Florence continued to travel up the East Coast,

Pararescue Airmen Tech Sgt. Ryan Dush and Staff Sgt. Griffin Elzey, both members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, are lowered out of a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the wing during a rescue mission in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Sept. 17, 2018. The two Airmen were descending to make an assessment of how many people were in the house, surrounded by flood waters and the best way to get them out. Eventually 15 people were rescued by two HH-60s, one flown by New York Air Guardsmen and the other by an aircrew from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing.
Alaska, Calif., N.Y. Guard Airmen team up for N.C. rescues
By Eric Durr and Capt. Michael O'Hagan | Sept. 20, 2018
LUMBERTON, N.C.-The initial call from the local emergency operations center was that there were "ten

Aircrew of the Tennessee National Guard’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion prepares to depart for North Carolina Sept. 17, 2018 to assist in the relief efforts of Hurricane Florence. Three aircraft with hoist capability will provide medical evacuation support to those most affected by the storm, as well as the ability to transport medical patients and supplies.
Tenn. Guard Helicopters arrive in N.C. for Florence Support
By Tennessee National Guard | Sept. 19, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three Black Hawk helicopters from the Tennessee National Guard's 1-230th Assault

Six Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers from the Grand Ledge-based, C Company, 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion and a HH60M Black Hawk departed Sept. 17, 2018, to support relief efforts following the devastation and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.
Michigan National Guard is helping after Florence floods
By Michigan National Guard | Sept. 19, 2018
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Army National Guard has mobilized six personnel from the Grand
DOD News
A Soldier with 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, instructs his Indian counterpart from the 99th Mountain Brigade on how to clear a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon Sept. 19, 2018, at Chaubattia Military Station, India. This was part of Yudh Abhyas, an exercise that enhances the joint capabilities of both the U.S. and Indian army through training and cultural exchange, and helps foster enduring partnerships in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
Bilateral Exercise Enhances Readiness Through Fundamentals
By Sgt. 1st Class Tony White | Sept. 20, 2018
CHAUBATTIA MILITARY STATION, India -- Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry

Lt. Nathan King; left; and Lt. Adam Hunt; right; pilot a P-8A Poseidon with Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) during joint-force quickstrike-extended range demonstration during exercise Valiant Shield 2018. Valiant Shield is a biennial; U.S. only; field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces.
Joint Task Force Introduces New Shallow-water Mine Capability during Valiant Shield
By | Sept. 20, 2018
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Valiant Shield kicked off its seventh field training exercise,

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Richard F. Fuerst, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, speaks to members of the local media in Iwakuni City, Japan, Sept. 19, 2018. MCAS Iwakuni and Iwakuni City leadership attended the ninth Joint Leadership Walk to promote safety and security to the residents, while also displaying and strengthening the existing relationship.
Iwakuni City Local Leadership Walk to Show Unity
By Lance Cpl. Stephen Campbell | Sept. 20, 2018
IWAKUNI City, Japan -- Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS) and Iwakuni City leadership

Airman 1st Class Victoria Dunning, 902nd Security Forces Squadron electronic security systems manager, demonstrates the attack capabilities of a military working dog during National Night Out Oct. 6 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Hosted in a block party atmosphere, National Night Out provides an opportunity each year for JBSA-Randolph community members to interact with each other and first responders and to learn about various base agencies.
National Night Out coming to a base near you
By By Senior Airman Stormy Archer | Sept. 20, 2018
Security Forces members and first responders will host the Joint Base San Antonio community for National Night Out Oct.2.

U.S. Marines with Criminal Investigation Division, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Information Group, secure forensic material they have gathered during tactical site exploitation training at Combat Town, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 12, 2018. The CID utilizes TSE to gather as much forensic material as possible in a limited amount of time that could be used to provide crucial information on the enemy.
Criminal Investigator Marines Polish Their Skills in Forensic Gathering, Analyzing
By Pfc. Kindo Go | Sept. 20, 2018
CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan -- Tactical site exploitation (TSE) is an investigative task in which