Vermont National Guard News
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.

The June newsletter focuses on the 158th Security Forces Squadron, promotions, Meet your Guard, and a video of the month.
June Newsletter
By Sgt. Avery Cunningham | June 25, 2018
The June newsletter focuses on the 158th Security Forces Squadron, promotions, Meet your Guard, and a video of the month.

New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Platoon, 206th Military Police Company conduct Cordon and Search training on Fort Drum, June 15, 2018. The Soldiers were conducting their annual training with the 10th Mountain Division.
N.Y. Guard MPs train with Vermont Guard troops at Fort Drum
By Spc. Andrew Valenza | June 25, 2018
FORT DRUM, N.Y. — A 36-hour base security exercise was the highlight for Soldiers of the 206th

Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert T. Letourneau, Joint Force Headquarters, Vermont National Guard, poses for an official photo.
Meet Your Guard: CCE Robert Letourneau
By 2nd Lt. Chelsea Clark | June 20, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard focuses on Essex Junction resident, Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert T. Letourneau, Vermont State Command Chief, Joint Force Headquarters, Vermont National Guard.

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman First Class Jon Alderman)
Meet Your Guard: Tech. Sgt. Matt Dykas
By 2nd Lt. Chelsea Clark | June 20, 2018
This edition of Meet your Guard focuses on Tech. Sgt. Matt Dykas, a Colchester native and low observable aircraft structural maintenance specialist with the 158th Fighter Wing.
National Guard News
From left to right: Cynthia S. Tolle, the director of acquisitions and head of contracting activities for the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Juro, an engineering assistant and contracting officer representative with the Connecticut Air National Guard's 103rd Airlift Wing, and Air Force Lt. Col. Henry Chmielinski, a squadron commander with the 103rd Airlift Wing, pose for a photograph during the Excellence in Contracting Awards Program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, July 12, 2018. Juro won in the Excellence in Contract Administration category and was one of ten winners at the ceremony that recognized the achievements and contributions of contracting specialists throughout the National Guard.
Contracting specialists recognized at awards ceremony
By Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith | July 17, 2018
FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Office of the Director of Acquisitions and Head of Contracting for the

The Defense Department issued a substantive change to its policy on the transfer by service members in the uniformed services of Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits to eligible family member recipients. Effective one year from the date of this change, eligibility to transfer those benefits will be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total active-duty or selected reserve service, as applicable.
DoD changes policy on transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
By DoD News, Defense Media Activity | July 17, 2018
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department issued a substantive change July 12 to its policy on the

Representatives from the Kentucky National Guard met with their military counterparts from Djibouti June 23, 2018, in Djibouti, Africa. Kentucky is partnered with Djibouti as part of the State Partnership Program.
Kentucky Guard officers meet with partners in Djibouti
By Maj. Gus LaFontaine | July 17, 2018
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Twenty summers ago, I enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. While

A New York Army National Guard  UH-60  assigned to 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation, flies over a 526-acre forest fire in Flat Rock State Forest in Altona, N.Y., on July, 13, 2018 during a fire fighting mission.  Two UH-60s  responded to a forest fire that broke out in Altona, N.Y., on July 12 on July 13 and again on July 15.
N.Y. Army Guard aircrews assist in forest fire fighting
By Eric Durr and Spc. Andrew Valenza | July 16, 2018
ALTONA, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews from 3rd Battalion, 142nd

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Wielock from the 103rd Airlift Wing Civil Engineering Squadron, East Granby, Conn., uses a chainsaw to cut some debris blocking a road during a training scenario for PATRIOT North 18 at Volk Field, Wis., July 15, 2018.
PATRIOT North 18 exercise kicks off at Volk Field, Wisconsin
By Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn | July 16, 2018
VOLK FIELD, Wis. – Natural disasters cause a great amount of devastation each year. They can happen
DOD News
Philippine Navy Commodore Nichols Driz, Commander, Naval Forces Northern Luzon, delivers remarks at the closing ceremony of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama 2018 aboard Philippine Navy ship BRP Tarlac (LD-601). The week-long engagement focuses on the full spectrum of naval capabilities and is designed to strengthen the close partnership between both navies while cooperatively ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity.
US, Philippines Conclude Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama
By Lt. Clyde Shavers, CTF73 Public Affairs | July 17, 2018
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines -- The U.S. and Philippine navies concluded Maritime Training

Vanuatu Mobile Force personnel, Vanuatu Ministry of Health professionals and nongovernmental organization personnel from Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island and Tanna, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, attend a subject matter exchange on vector-borne disease control as part of Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-3 in Luganville, Vanuatu, July, 10, 2018. Since 2007, PAC ANGEL engagements have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people through providing health services ranging from dental, optometry, pediatrics and physical therapy to civil engineering programs, humanitarian aid and disaster relief and subject matter exchanges.
U.S., Vanuatu Share Medical and Disaster Response Expertise during PAC ANGEL 18-3
By 1st Lt. Kellie Rizer | July 17, 2018
LUGANVILLE, Vanuatu -- The United States and Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) along with several

Aircrewmen from the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 evacuate a mariner in distress from a commercial cargo ship near Guam.  HSC-25 provides a multi-mission rotary wing capability for units in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and maintains a Guam-based 24-hour search and rescue and medical evacuation capability, directly supporting U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas.
HSC-25 Rescues Commercial Mariner Off Guam
By Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Public Affairs | July 17, 2018
ANDERSEN AIR BASE, Guam -- Sailors assigned to the Guam-based "Island Knights" of Helicopter Sea

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Todd A. Doizer, Fifth Air Force vice commander, left, and Col. Kristopher W. Struve, 35th Fighter Wing commander, right, pause for a photo during the passing of the guidon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 16, 2018. The guidon symbolizes the relinquishment of command from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander.
35th Fighter Wing Guidon Passed to New Commander
By Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks | July 17, 2018
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 35th Fighter Wing guidon was placed into new hands during a change of

Rather than letting digital media the power to manage your family's life, carefully reading privacy policies is yet another important step towards taking control and taking charge.
Parent & Child: Read those online privacy policies
By Mieke VanderBorght | July 17, 2018
You know that as a parent, you are in charge of safeguarding your children's online privacy. And you know that an important part of that is to read the privacy policies of apps and websites you and your children use. Wait, what? You mean read those long policies with all the fine print and complicated legal language? Who can understand those things?