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
A KC-135 sits in the sustainment dock hangar while maintainers from the 141st and 92nd Maintenance Squadrons work during an isochronal inspection June 5, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Airmen from 11 different specialties complete the process of dismantling, inspecting, repairing and sometimes modifying the aircraft during the isochronal inspection.
ANG Increases tanker reliability with sustainment dock
By Tech. Sgt. Kayleigh Phillips | July 13, 2018
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - In hangar 1033, a KC-135 Stratotanker undergoes an isochronal

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, left, adjutant general of the California National Guard, confers with Lt. Col. Jeffrey Corella, commander, 144th Field Artillery Battalion, 100th Troop Command, 40th Infantry Division, and John Winder, military asset coordinator of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) July 12, 2018, at Camp Roberts, California, where more than 500 Guardsmen are training for ground operations to battle wildfires in the next few days.
Calif. National Guard members train for wildfire battles
By Staff Sgt. Edward Siguenza | July 13, 2018
CAMP ROBERTS, Calif. — It’s early, but the California Army National Guard's response to the 2018

The 1157th Engineer Company (firefighters) from the Colorado National Guard conduct a training exercise to prepare for any real-world incident at the Spring Creek Fire helipad in Fort Garland, Colo., July 6, 2018.
Colo. Guard helicopter crews return from the Spring Fire
By Maj. Darin Overstreet | July 13, 2018
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Spring Fire incident commander has released the Colorado National Guard

Capt. Michelle L. Levesque, a Tactical Combat Casualty Care trainer from the 224th Area Support Medical Company, Maryland Army National Guard,currently assigned to HKIA’s Role 2 hospital, explains the importance of rechecking tourniquet placement after moving a casualty during TCCC training in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jun. 21, 2018. TCCC training is designed to provide first responders with battlefield lifesaving skills while deployed to Afghanistan.
Saving lives through Tactical Combat Casualty Care
By Master Sgt. Felix Figueroa | July 13, 2018
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. and NATO service members assigned to Hamid Karzai International Airport's

Seal of the National Guard Bureau. Recognizing sexual assault as a serious threat to military professionalism and readiness, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, re-emphasized in a memorandum the National Guard’s commitment to “eradicate this scourge from our ranks.” In the memo, he wrote the Guard has an obligation “to establish an effective prevention-driven culture and improved system of accountability.”
Guard taking steps to defeat ongoing enemy: sexual assault
By Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith | July 12, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va. – Recognizing sexual assault as a serious threat to military professionalism and
DOD News
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, left, meets with Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jense in Oslo, Norway, July 14, 2018. Mattis commended Norway for its commitment to global peace and security and hailed the strong U.S.-Norwegian relationship that is built on shared values and ideals. State Department photo
Mattis Commends Norway’s Commitment to Global Peace, Security
By Lisa Ferdinando | July 15, 2018
In meetings with Norway's foreign affairs and defense ministers, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hailed the strong bond between the United States and Norway and commended the Nordic nation for its commitment to global peace and security.

DoD Evaluates ASSIST-SPECtacle® Interface
By DSPAO | July 14, 2018
The DSP seeks your help evaluating the prototype of a new capability to link standardization documents archived in ASSIST with digital documents available in SPECtacle®.

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), escorts Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque at the command’s headquarters in Doral, Fla., July 14. Duque met with the Admiral and other SOUTHCOM leaders to learn more about the U.S. military command and its defense partnership with Colombia, as he prepares to assume the presidency of his country Aug. 7. His visit reflects the longstanding cooperative ties between the United States and Colombia, and highlights the strong defense partnership between the two countries’ armed forces. SOUTHCOM expressed its desire to continue its successful partnership with the Colombian armed forces and collaboration towards increasing security and stability in the region. (SOUTHCOM photo)
Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque visits U.S. Southern Command
By U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs | July 14, 2018
MIAMI (July 14, 2018) -- Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque visited U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters today, where he met with Adm. Kurt Tidd, SOUTHCOM commander and other leaders from the headquarters to learn more about the command and its defense partnership with Colombia. Duque visited the headquarters as he prepares to assume the presidency of Colombia Aug. 7.

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), escorts Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque at the command’s headquarters in Doral, Fla., July 14. Duque met with the Admiral and other SOUTHCOM leaders to learn more about the U.S. military command and its defense partnership with Colombia, as he prepares to assume the presidency of his country Aug. 7. His visit reflects the longstanding cooperative ties between the United States and Colombia, and highlights the strong defense partnership between the two countries’ armed forces. SOUTHCOM expressed its desire to continue its successful partnership with the Colombian armed forces and collaboration towards increasing security and stability in the region. (SOUTHCOM photo)
Declaración Sobre La Visita Del Presidente Electo De Colombia Ivan Duque Al Comando Sur De Los Ee.Uu.
By U.S. Southern Command Public Affiars | July 14, 2018
El Presidente electo de Colombia Ivan Duque visitó la sede del Comando Sur de los Estados Unidos (SOUTHCOM) hoy, donde se reunió con el Almirante Kurt Tidd, comandante de SOUTHCOM y con otros líderes del comando militar para conocer más sobre la institución y sus lazos de defensa con Colombia. Duque visitó la sede como parte de su preparación para asumir la presidencia de Colombia el próximo 7 de agosto.

Fuerzas Comando 2018 set to take place in Panama
By Special Operations Command South Public Affairs | July 14, 2018
Special operations forces from 19 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2018 in Panama City, Panama, July 16-26.