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Vermont National Guard News
A photograph of Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Brownell, logistics readiness superintendent with the 158th Fighter Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard. (Courtesy Photograph)
Meet Your Guard: SMSgt Jonathan Brownell
By | Sept. 28, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Essex Junction resident Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Brownell, logistics readiness superintendent with the 158th Fighter Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard.

Photograph of Chief Master Sgt. Brian Senecal, 158th Fighter Wing Operations Group superintendent, Vermont Air National Guard. (Courtesy Photo)
Meet Your Guard: CMSgt Brian Senecal
By | Sept. 28, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Milton resident Chief Master Sgt. Brian Senecal, the superintendent of the 158th Fighter Wing Operations Group, Vermont Air National Guard.

A photograph of Tech. Sgt. Christopher Brown, fire protection team leader, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard. (Courtesy Photograph)
Meet Your Guard: TSgt Christopher Brown
By | Sept. 28, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Colchester resident Tech. Sgt. Christopher Brown, leader of a fire protection team with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard

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.
National Guard News
Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, director, Army National Guard, visits with Soldiers conducting the Homeland Defense of Guam Mission.  For the first time, the Guam ARNG took over a mission from the U.S. Army’s 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command to provide security forces support for Task Force Talon, responsible for operating the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Battery at Andersen Air Force Base.
Army National Guard director visits Soldiers in the Pacific
By Sgt. 1st Class Peter Morrison | Feb. 22, 2019
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – As a critical partner in the security and stability of the Indo-Pacific

National Guard members from Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma and New York practice drill and ceremony at a Military Funeral Honors Level II Instructor Certification Course at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, Feb. 12, 2019. Soldiers who graduate this course demonstrate mastery in rendering veterans’ final honors and can instruct new MFH members.
National Guard holds funeral honors training in New Orleans
By Staff Sgt. Garrett L. Dipuma | Feb. 22, 2019
NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program hosted 12 Guardsmen from

Springfield Technical Community College students participate in The Massachusetts National Guard S.T.E.M. Robotics Seminar, Feb. 20, 2019, at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts. The event challenges students to engineer a robot which can navigate a unqiue obstacle course with the objective of finding and removing an object within a specified time.
Massachusetts National Guard co-hosts robotics seminar
By Airman 1st Class Randall Burlingame | Feb. 21, 2019
BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. – Students in the Springfield Technical Community College STEM

A West Virginia Army National Guard HH-60 Black Hawk assigned to Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion (GASB), prepares to land in the parking lot of Ritchie County High School in Ellenboro, W.Va., following an aerial rescue mission of a stranded motorist Feb. 20, 2019.
West Virginia Army National Guard rescues stranded motorist
By Capt. Holli Nelson | Feb. 21, 2019
ELLENBORO, W. Va. – Aircrew members of the West Virginia Army National Guard's Company C, 2-104th

Hand crews train for wildfire season during Evergreen Ember in 2014.
Wash. National Guard makes wildfire preparedness a priority
By Sara Morris | Feb. 20, 2019
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - It's quickly becoming a summer tradition for the Washington National Guard and
DOD News
Hundreds of Special Tactics (ST) Airmen and Special Warfare trainees gathered early morning to begin an 830-mile ruck march across five states in tribute to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, along with 19 other ST Airmen, who have been killed in action since 9/11, Feb. 22, 2019, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Medina Annex. The ruck march is projected to average about 12 miles per leg, alternating between the ten teams of two throughout the day ending at Hurlburt Field, Fla., at 1:00 p.m. on Mar. 4, 2019. The 830-miles event will take over 11 days averaging 70 miles each day.   
(U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew Patterson)
11-day, 830-mile ruck march honors fallen special tactics Airmen
By Airman 1st Class Dillon Parker | Feb. 22, 2019
Twenty special tactics Airmen began an 11-day ruck march at 2:00 a.m. Feb. 22 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Medina Annex, Texas, and will be traveling 830 miles to Hurlburt Field, Florida. The Airmen are rucking to pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, who was killed in Afghanistan Nov. 27, 2018, and 19 other special tactics Airmen who have been killed in action since 9/11.

The legacy of aviation pioneer Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois will be remembered with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Flagpole at 11 a.m. March 1, just a few hundred feet from where the man who helped usher in the dawn of military flight made his historic journey 109 years ago.
JBSA commemorates first military flight by Foulois in 1910
By Steve Elliott | Feb. 22, 2019
The legacy of aviation pioneer Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois will be remembered with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Flagpole at 11 a.m. March 1, just a few hundred feet from where the man who helped usher in the dawn of military flight made his historic journey 109 years ago.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak to reporters before welcoming Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Gen. Yasar Guler, the commander of the Turkish armed forces, to the Pentagon for meetings on Syria. DOD photo by Jim Garamone
U.S., Turkish Defense Officials Discuss Syria, Other Issues at Pentagon Meeting
By Jim Garamone | Feb. 22, 2019
U.S. and Turkish defense officials met at the Pentagon to discuss the future of operations in Syria and the other areas where the two countries fight together.

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Air Force Central Command, takes off from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, during Joint Air Defense Exercise 19-01, Feb. 19, 2019. The aircraft participated with regional partners to test objective-based command and control actions during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gracie I. Lee)
Joint Air Defense Exercise sharpens skills, strengthens partnerships
By | Feb. 22, 2019
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of U.S. Central Command worked together with regional partners to conduct Joint Air Defense Exercise 19-01, a regularly scheduled three day-long training event focused on increasing the readiness of air defense assets in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. The AFCENT-led exercise included increased participation in the live-fly portion to include B-1B Lancers, F-15Es, and coalition partner aircraft.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kayshawn Porterfield practices picking up objects using a myoelectric prosthesis at Brooke Army Medical Center’s Center for the Intrepid at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston Feb. 21. A myoelectric-controlled prosthesis is an externally powered artificial limb that the user controls with electrical signals generated naturally with his own muscles.
Leap of faith: chance meeting brings Soldier to CFI after jump accident
By Lori Newman | Feb. 22, 2019
The hand-scribbled note taped to his dog tags simply said, “Request to go to the CFI” with a phone number. The note was written from one amputee to another. Army Staff Sgt. Kayshawn Porterfield was following in his father’s footsteps. He joined the Army with a plan of becoming a lifelong Soldier and his Army career was progressing. He was moving up in rank quickly, had finished the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.