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Vermont National Guard News
29 Soldiers from the Connecticut and Vermont National Guards graduated the Equal Opportunity Leader Course on Oct. 23, 2020 in Colchester, Vt. The course prepares soldiers to advise commanders to assess human relations, provide advice, and act upon discriminatory practices.
Vermont National Guard prepares new Equal Opportunity Leaders to advise unit commanders
By Maj. J. Scott Detweiler | Nov. 21, 2020
“Diversity” and “inclusion” have become buzzwords from boardrooms to factory floors. But for military organizations, like the Vermont National Guard (VTNG), these words underscore the importance of its most valuable resource – people. Equal Opportunity Leaders (EOLs) play a critical role in helping leadership recognize and embrace differences in their members as an asset to credibly meet today’s challenges.

Two F-35 Lightning IIs approach the runway at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., May 6, 2020. Maj. Michael Cady, chief of weapons and tactics for the 134th Fighter Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard, was piloting the Tail 5278 which achieved the 500th sortie for the Green Mountain Boys
158th Fighter Wing honors COVID-19 responders with F-35A flyover
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | May 8, 2020
The 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard will honor Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a flyover on Friday, May 22, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Esther Lee, a chaplain assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, poses for a photo as she supports the Amundsen-Scott station, Antarctica, February 6, 2020. The National Science Foundation runs the station, located at the Geographic South Pole, and relies on the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, as the sole supplier of airlift within Operation Deep Freeze, a six-month deployment to the arctic.
From Vermont to Antartica (and Back)
By Julie Shea | April 11, 2020
Close to midnight on January 7, 2020, Chaplain Esther Lee arrived at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Chosen to be part of the support staff for Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), in her own words, Lee “hit the ground running” and met with military members and civilian workers in the brisk, sunny morning of January 8.

Airmen and soldiers from the Vermont National Guard work to construct a 400-bed medical health facility at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vt., April 4, 2020. The Vermont National Guard is working with the state of Vermont and emergency response partners in a whole-of-government effort to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Build a Medical Facility in Four Days
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | April 4, 2020
ESSEX JUNCTION, VT., (April 22, 2020) – April 1st was supposed to be April Fool’s Day, a day that should have been full of jokes and satire. Instead, a team of civil engineers from the Vermont National Guard spent their day on a more serious note.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Short, a survey team member with the 15th civil support team, Vermont National Guard, decontaminates with assistance of team members at a public drive through Covid-19 screening station hosted at Landmark College, Putney, Vt., Mar. 31 2020. These screens are a collaboration amongst local health centers, hospitals and the Vermont Department of Health.
VTNG Civil Support Team Joins Community Partners in Battling COVID-19
By Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel | March 31, 2020
The 15th Civil Support Team (CST) of the Vermont National Guard, under the guidance of the Vermont Department of Health, established a mobile testing site on the grounds of Landmark College in Putney, Vt. Citizens can take advantage of the drive through sampling provided by the 15th CST after receiving a referral from their doctor or through an online survey at https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus.
National Guard News
Senior Airman Alexis Maher, 103rd Security Forces Squadron defender, packs a vehicle with Thanksgiving meal kits at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut, Nov. 16, 2020. Maher organized the squadron’s second annual Thanksgiving food drive, in which 103rd Airlift Wing members helped donate 120 family meal kits to food banks in six towns.
Connecticut Guardsman organizes Thanksgiving meal donations
By Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker | Nov. 23, 2020
EAST GRANBY, Conn. – As many Americans continue to face health and economic challenges during the

Members of the West Virginia National Guard recently participated in a virtual seminar with members of the Qatari Emiri Land Forces (QELF) as a part of the Eastern Action joint operations staff exercise between elements of the Qatari military and the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Operation Spartan Shield and Task Force Spartan. Since 2018, the WVNG has worked closely with Qatar as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.
WVNG joins SPP partner Qatar in virtual exercise
By Edwin Wriston | Nov. 23, 2020
KINGWOOD, W.Va. – The West Virginia National Guard participated in a virtual seminar with members of

Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Peno instructing members of the New York Guard, the state's defense force, on the use of the computer communications system used by the New York National Guard during disasters, at Camp Smith Training Site on June 24, 2017.
N.Y. Guard Airman proud to be a Soldier after 29-year career
By Eric Durr | Nov. 23, 2020
LATHAM, N.Y. – Twenty-nine years after walking into a recruiting office, Chief Master Sgt. Shawn

Members assigned to the 158th Maintenance Group low observable shop in their new building at the Vermont Air National Guard base, South Burlington, Vt., Sept. 23, 2020. As the first Air National Guard unit to base the F-35A Lightning II, the 158th Fighter Wing is now also home of the first F-35 low observable (LO) shop in the Air National Guard.
Air National Guard F-35 LO shop established in Vermont
By Julie Shea | Nov. 20, 2020
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – As the first Air National Guard unit to base the F-35A Lightning II, the

Navy Rear Adm. William W.
Army Guard unit wins Omaha Trophy for strategic deterrence
By Staff Sgt. Zachary Sheely | Nov. 20, 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In 2020 style, a small formation of socially distanced and masked Soldiers
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W.Va. Guard turning focus to preparation for vaccine distribution
By Maj. Holli Nelson | Nov. 23, 2020
This week, the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) began to increase their planning efforts related to vaccine distribution, as numerous potential vaccines are making their way through the trial phases nationwide.

Maj. Gen. John Hronek, Air National Guard assistant to the commander at Air Education and Training Command, discussed initiatives and programs AETC is implementing to transform pilot training at the Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association virtual Alamo ACE conference Nov. 19, 2020.
AETC general talks pilot training at Alamo ACE
By David DeKunder | Nov. 23, 2020
In order to maintain readiness, the Air Force is utilizing innovation and technology to transform pilot training to be faster while also teaching skills that will make effective warfighters, according to the Air National Guard assistant to the commander at Air Education and Training Command who spoke during this year’s Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association virtual Alamo ACE conference Nov. 19.

Chief of Supply, Production and Distribution Paul Ostrowski and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Nest Cage review plans at Operation Warp Speed headquarters in Washington, D.C. Nov. 13, 2020. Operation Warp Speed is an effort by several U.S. government components and public partnerships to facilitate the development, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.
Operation Warp Speed Refines Vaccine Delivery Plan
By LISA SIMUNACI, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE PUBLIC AFFAIRS | Nov. 23, 2020
Charged with developing and delivering a vaccine to 300 million Americans, Operation Warp Speed paired military planners with experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work the details of a monumental plan. 

USFK COVID-19 Information
By USFK Public Affairs | Nov. 23, 2020
Updated information from U.S. Forces Korea pertaining to COVID

Air Force Senior Airman Peyton Van Nest, a radio frequency transmission system technician with the 51st Combat Communications Special Mission Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., sets up a satellite communications antenna during Exercise Agile Reaper at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 5, 2020.
Space Force Attracting Digitally Savvy Young People, Leader Says
By David Vergun | Nov. 22, 2020
The Space Force is building out the service with the goals of not only defending U.S. and partner assets in space, but also developing capabilities  that might be needed in the future, said its leader, who also mentioned that young people are excited about joining the service.