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
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ebonie S. Hills stands outside the classroom building, August 16, 2018, where she instructs Airman Leadership School to junior Airmen at the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. Hills is a single mom who body builds in her spare time. She recently placed 1st in both the True Novice and Open classes for the Figure category at her first competition in Knoxville, Tenn.
Two instructors build intellects, physiques on same campus
By Master Sgt. Mike Smith | Aug. 17, 2018
McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. – Two active duty Air Force enlisted professional

Soldiers of the 204th Engineer Battalion at work on  the construction of a three-family home being built by Habtiat for Humanity in San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 7, 2018. The battalion sent 45 Soldiers to Puerto Rico to assist in the construction as part of the Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training Program.
New York Army Guard engineers build houses in Puerto Rico
By Eric Durr | Aug. 17, 2018
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Forty-five Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 204th Engineer

Members of the 163d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron,163d Attack Wing, California Air National Guard, conduct a preflight check on the wing's MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft before a fire support mission, Aug. 1, 2018, at March Air Reserve Base, California. The wing is supporting state agencies that are battling numerous wildfires in Northern California, including the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex Fire.
Guard members bring combat skills to fighting Western fires
By Jim Garamone | Aug. 16, 2018
WASHINGTON — Fighting wildfires is "like being in a combat zone, just we're not getting shot at,"

Combat medic soldiers with the 230th Brigade Support Battalion and Moldovan Combat Medics work together conducting life-like combat casualty care training with Soldiers injured in the battlefield.  Soldiers train on medical technique and medical intervention at a training area near Ft. Bliss, Texas, during the 30th Armored Brigade's eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise, August 6 – 21, 2018.
Moldovan and North Carolina Guard Soldiers become one team
By Sgt. Odaliska Almonte | Aug. 16, 2018
FORT BLISS, Texas – Ninety-five Moldovan soldiers are taking part in the 30th Armored Brigade Combat

U.S. Soldiers with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, rescue a person stranded by flooding near Benton, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13, 2018.
200 New York National Guard members respond to flood threat
By Eric Durr | Aug. 15, 2018
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -Two hundred New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were on state active duty
DOD News
Dennis Carter, Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency Current Operations Division chief at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, is retiring this month after an active-duty and Department of Defense civilian career spanning five decades.
Manpower analyst’s lengthy career concludes at JBSA-Randolph
By Robert Goetz | Aug. 17, 2018
More than 45 years ago, a young man from a small community in Northeast Arkansas enlisted in the Air Force with no guaranteed job.

Senior Enlisted Advisors from the Peruvian Army, Navy and Air Force, pose for a photo with the West Virginia National Guard’s swift water rescue boat Aug. 14, 2018, at Fayette Station, West Virginia. The Peruvian delegation viewed training being conducted by the WVSWRT on the New River and how they respond to swift water emergencies. (West Virginia National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
W.Va. Guard welcomes Peruvian Senior Enlisted Leaders for first visit to West Virginia
By Capt. Holli Nelson | Aug. 17, 2018
The West Virginia National Guard hosted senior enlisted leaders (SELs) from the Peruvian Army, Navy and Air Force for the first time in its State Partnership Program (SPP) history this week where they were afforded insight into how the WVNG utilizes the non-commissioned officer corps (NCOs) in the Army and Air National Guard.

Maritime Self-Defense Force officers and U.S. Navy officers watch an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Dambusters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, land on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations. Ronald Reagan is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Ronald Reagan Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Conduct Bilateral Training
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Codie L. Soule | Aug. 17, 2018
PHILIPPINE SEA -- The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG), JS Kirishima, and Japan Maritime

Pvt. 2nd Class Matthew Graham, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard, conducts jungle warfare operations during Exercise Pahlawan Warrior at a place known as MB 20 within the Borneo lowland rain forests region, Brunei, 11 Aug. 2018. This is the first army-to-army exercise between the RBLF and U.S. Army. RBLF soldiers led training for U.S. Soldiers during Jungle Warfare Operations, and U.S. Soldiers took the lead training RBLF soldiers on military operations in urban terrain tactics. Both armies shared best practices during a medical subject matter expert exchange on Tactical Combat Casualty Care.
Indiana National Guard Soldier Joins the Army, Quickly Becomes Part of History
By Sgt. 1st Class Corey Ray | Aug. 17, 2018
PENANJONG GARRISON, Brunei -- When Pvt. 2nd Class Matthew Graham joined the Army from his hometown

Lance Cpl. Daniel Vollman parachutes to the ground after jumping from a CH-53E Super Stallion during parachute training operations Aug. 13, 2018 at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan. Landing Support Company completed parachute and air delivery training to ensure Marines maintain proficiency and meet required training hours. Vollman, a parachute rigger with Air Delivery Platoon, LS Co., 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana.
Landing Support Company Executes Paraloft Training Operations on Ie Shima
By Lance Cpl. Jamin Powell | Aug. 17, 2018
IE SHIMA, Okinawa, Japan – Rain sporadically fell on two tactical vehicles parked in a grassy field