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U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Army Soldiers maneuver to firing positions during a marksmanship competition at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., June 21, 2019. National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from six states compete in the Region 1 Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) competition where top competitors advance to the national Winston P. Willson championship. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Michael Davis)
By | July 3, 2019
Vermont Airmen and Soldiers recently teamed-up against five Air and Army National Guard units for a three-day regional marksmanship competition. From June 21st through the 23rd, guard members from across six states squared off to determine which marksmen will advance to the national level later this year.

U.S. Air Force Maj. James Philbrook, Jr., Operations Director of the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 158th Mission Support Group, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, stands with his U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff Masters in Military Studies diploma at the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., July 2, 2019. Philbrook completed the 11-month professional military education course through the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia in June. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Chelsea Clark)
Taking Charge of Your ANG Officer Career
By | June 25, 2019
Commissioned officers, regardless of branch of service, must successfully complete PME coursework to become eligible for their targeted rank and grade. Philbrook was one of a student body of over 200 officers which were divided into groups of 14 to 16 students to discuss, examine and debate an array of topics that usually stemmed from a vast list of reading materials and lectures.

Dr. Theresa Aida B. Ndiaye, Director of the Regional Center Hospital at Tambacounda, Senegal, and U.S. Army Maj. Christopher Gookin review the list of supplies that were brought to Senegal, on April 9. Vermont Guardsmen are working with their Senegalese  counterparts to share best practices while providing the Department of Defense with cost effective ways to strengthen alliances and attract new partners in conjunction with the State Partnership Program. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alvarez)
Vermont National Guard teams up with Senegal in MEDREX 19-2
By Master Sgt. Sarah Mattison | June 20, 2019
U.S. Soldiers and Airmen with the Vermont National Guard traveled to Senegal to participate in military medical readiness exercise, MEDREX 19-2, held from April 7-19. This exercise was a joint-medical initiative that included active-duty, Army Reserve and National Guard service members working together with Senegalese counterparts to help build the readiness of our U.S. medical professionals.

National Guard members will soon see changes to the program that allows them to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or children that will limit the time frame they can initiate that transfer. Set to go in effect July 12, Guard members will need to have served six years before they can transfer benefits and they must transfer the benefits by the time they hit 16 years of service. Additionally, Guard members extend their enlistment contract by at least four years to transfer benefits.
Changes in GI Bill transfer benefits coming July 12
By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy | June 18, 2019
ARLINGTON, Va. – Provisions allowing Guard members to transfer some or all of their Post- 9/11 GI

Members assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing discuss the vehicle training portion of the Quick Reaction Force annual training at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., June 6, 2019. The QRF team is the 'on-call' support providing rapid response to state-level emergencies and natural disasters. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel)
VTANG Conducts QRF Training
By | June 14, 2019
Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing recently participated in Quick Reaction Force (QRF) training to prepare for state domestic aid response. The Vermont National Guard trains annually to maintain competency in handling public disturbances and natural disasters.
National Guard News
A West Virginia Army National Guard Soldier assigned to the 1092nd Engineer Battalion uses a mallet to drive a post into place to complete an obstacle course for the Sissonville High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Twelve engineers from the WVANRG completed the obstacle course project in one week as a part of an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program.
West Virginia Guard engineers complete JROTC obstacle course
By Maj. Holli Nelson | Nov. 20, 2019
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. – Twelve engineers from the West Virginia National Guard’s 1092nd Engineer

Trainees march in formation to breakfast at Camp Shelby Joint Force Training Center, Nov. 16, 2019, during the Mississippi Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion’s annual Spartan Forge event.
Recruits get a taste of soldiering at Spartan Forge 2019
By Spc. Christopher Shannon | Nov. 20, 2019
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – Once a year, while most people are thinking of Thanksgiving dinner and Black

From left to right: PV2 Hunter White, PV2 April Talaiga and Staff Sgt. Marilyn Gerhardt stand with the Minuteman statue at Camp Murray Nov. 17, 2019. The couple joined the Guard together on Oct. 30, 2019.
Wife, husband start National Guard careers together
By Joseph Siemandel | Nov. 20, 2019
AUBURN, Wash. – After committing themselves to each other, married couple Hunter White and April

Capt. Nima Sarrafan, front row, second from right, stands with his class peers for a photo before a formal dinner as part of training at the United Kingdom Intermediate Command and Staff College in Shrivenham, England, in October 2019.
National Guard captain seizes UK learning opportunity
By Joseph Siemandel | Nov. 20, 2019
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Learning about our nation’s allies is valuable to the United

A C-5M Super Galaxy is unloaded during Total Force/Joint Training Exercise Diamond Wing at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 14, 2019. The C-5M Super Galaxy is the largest strategic airlifter in the Department of Defense, capable of carrying more than 280,000 pounds of cargo.
Delaware National Guard joins disaster response exercise
By Staff Sgt. Katherine Miller | Nov. 19, 2019
NEW CASTLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Del. – The Delaware Air and Army National Guard joined
DOD News
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) that represents the U.S. Navy at the Exercise Pacific Vanguard.

** The guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) sail with 15 other U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships in formation during Talisman Sabre 2019. Talisman Sabre 2019 illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship. This is the eighth iteration of this exercise. **
U.S., Allied Forces Conduct Exercise Pacific Vanguard
By | Nov. 20, 2019
APRA HARBOR, Guam – Maritime forces from Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, and the United States

Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Susan McMullen, DLA Troop Support Project Manager, left, sits beside FBI Special Agent Cerena Coughlin, right, as she shares her personal story of being a woman in the military during the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce annual Women in Industry Day event Nov. 20, 2019 at Holy Family University in Philadelphia. The Women in Industry Day event aims to “broaden the conversation” and expose women to various career opportunities. McMullen served as a panelist during the “women in male-dominated industries” discussion. (Photo by Alexandria Brimage-Gray)
Air Force officer shares her story during local Women in Industry Day event
By Alexandria Brimage-Gray | Nov. 20, 2019
Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Susan McMullen, DLA Troop Support Project Manager, and other women from various industries across Northeast Philadelphia gathered in an auditorium at Holy Cross University to share their stories during the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce annual Women in Industry Day event Nov. 20, 2019 in Philadelphia.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alex Hurtado and Gunnery Sgt. Damian Henry, a heavy equipment operator and the engineer chief with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, deployed in support of Joint Task Force Matthew, off load supplies for locals affected by Hurricane Matthew at Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 9, 2016. The Marines delivered bags of rice, cooking oil and other supplies supporting USAID humanitarian and disaster relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Ferro)
Troop Support improves international relief readiness through USAID course
By Shaun Eagan | Nov. 20, 2019
The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support hosted the Joint Humanitarian Operations Course led by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance in Philadelphia Nov. 13-14.

Gen. CQ Brown Jr. Pacific Air Forces commander, listens to a question from an Airman during an all-call at Yokota Air Base, Japan, November 14, 2019. During his visit, Brown spent two days with Yokota's Airmen, discussing the vital role Yokota Air Base plays in maintaining regional security and stability.
Pacific Air Forces Commander Meets with Team Yokota
By Airman 1st Class Brieana E Bolfing | Nov. 20, 2019
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Gen. CQ Brown Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, visited Yokota Air Base,

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday delivers remarks during the 39th Annual Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award Ceremony. The award is presented annually to two commissioned officers on active duty, below the grade of captain, who are in command of a single ship, submarine, aviation squadron or operational warfare unit at the time of nomination.
Chief of Naval Operations Gilday Presents Stockdale Award
By | Nov. 20, 2019
WASHINGTON -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday presented Cmdr. Patrick O’Loughlin of U.S.