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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
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District Commander, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Palazzini, left, coordinates flood mitigations efforts underway along U.S. Highway 501 in Horry County, S.C., with South Carolina Army National Guard Lt. Col. William A. Matheny, commander, 122 Engineering Battalion, Sept. 16, 2018. Army National Guard engineering units are working here with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logistics and technical experts in support of FEMA, state and local partners during post-storm recovery operations.
National Guard joins forces with Army Corps of Engineers
By Edward N. Johnson | Sept. 21, 2018
CONWAY, S.C. - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logistics and technical advisors join forces with South

Flood victims hold hands aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an aerial evacuation over Marion County, South Carolina, Sept. 20, 2018. Pennsylvania Guard air crews joined to rescue them.
Pennsylvania Guard rescues two South Carolina flood victims
By Capt. Travis Mueller | Sept. 21, 2018
MULLINS, S.C. – Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic

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
DOD News
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks during a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 21, 2018. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Mattis Pays Tribute to Prisoners of War, Missing in Action
By John D. Banusiewicz | Sept. 21, 2018
Service members who were held as prisoners of war and those still missing from the nation's wars deserve respect and admiration from the nation for which they fought, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.

Kelly K. McKeague, left, the director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, discusses the work that goes into finding and identifying missing service members during a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, Sept. 20, 2018. DoD.
DoD Agency Identifies Soldiers Lost in Korean War From Returned Remains
By Jim Garamone  | Sept. 21, 2018
WASHINGTON -- Two soldiers who died during the Korean War have been identified from the remains

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kurt Kanzler, a precision guidance munitions production supervisor with the 51st Munitions Squadron, runs with a prisoner of war and missing in action flag during a 24-hour vigil run at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 21, 2018. The main purpose of POW/MIA Remembrance Day is to pay tribute and honor the sacrifices of prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
Osan Remembers POW/MIA Service Members
By Staff Sgt. Sergio Gamboa | Sept. 21, 2018
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — Team Osan hosted a 24-hour vigil run and remembrance ceremony to

The CO-OP participants of JGSDF and their sponsors of US Soldiers take a group photo July 27 at the summit of Mt. Fuji during the 10-week-long Cooperative Work Program from July 5 through Sept. 14.
JGSDF Members Work with U.S. Soldiers, Gain Personal Development Skills through CO-OP Program
By Noriko Kudo | Sept. 21, 2018
CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- Nine members from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force concluded a 10-week

The Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI) held its 65th Anniversary celebration today, along with a commemoration honoring the U.S. National Prisoner of War / Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Day. U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies and General Ponpipaat Benyasri, Chief of Joint Staff, Royal Thai Armed Forces, presided over the ceremonies conducted at the JUSMAGTHAI compound in Bangkok.
Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group Thailand Celebrates 65 Anniversary; Commemorates POW/MIA Day
By | Sept. 21, 2018
U.S. Embassy Consulate in Thailand -- The Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI)