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Vermont National Guard News
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)
VERMONT AIRMEN & SOLDIERS PLACE MAC IN THEIR CROSSHAIRS
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
U.S. Soldiers in Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, train at Fort Bliss, Texas, September 13, 2019, how to safely exit a military vehicle after becoming disoriented in the case of an accident or rollover.
Soldiers train how to exit an overturned vehicle
By Lt. Col. Cynthia King | Sept. 16, 2019
FORT BLISS, Texas – To an outsider, it looks like an indoor amusement park, with people strapped

Army Staff Sgt. William Eisenhart, the explosive ordnance disposal operations noncommissioned officer in charge with the Army National Guard's operations directorate, stands in front of the Herbert R. Temple Jr. Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station, Aug. 19, 2019. Eisenhart is currently a physician assistant student with the Yale University Physician Assistant Program.  Beginning in January, he will begin full-time clinical rotations at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Virginia.
Army Guard EOD Soldier disarms life’s challenges
By Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith | Sept. 16, 2019
ARLINGTON, Va. - Father. Husband. Community volunteer. Yale Student. Army National Guard member.

A New Jersey Army National Guard Soldier discusses a Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) scenario with members of the Qatari Emiri Land Forces (QELF) Sept. 8 -12, 2019, at the Qatar Emiri Land Force Artillery School in Al Rayyan Municipality, Qatar. The weeklong event, a part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program, provided an opportunity to share best life saving practices with the QELF.
Guard members teach lifesaving care to Qatari soldiers
By Maj. Holli Nelson | Sept. 13, 2019
DOHA, Qatar – Medical experts from the West Virginia and New Jersey National Guards trained Qatari

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (left) pins the Air Force Cross to the uniform of Tech. Sgt. Daniel Keller, a combat controller in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky, Aug.13, 2019. Keller earned the award — second only to the Medal of Honor — for valor on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
Kentucky Air Guard member received Air Force Cross
By Kentucky Air National Guard | Sept. 13, 2019
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A special operations Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard Friday received

Sgt. Jake Napier, a truck commander assigned to Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, scans the area with binoculars, while Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Roeser, the 2-101st senior enlisted Soldier, provides security during the squadron spur ride at the Youngstown Local Training Area in Youngstown, N.Y., Sep 7, 2019.
NY National Guard cavalry troopers earn their spurs
By Sgt. Alexander Rector | Sept. 13, 2019
YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. – Twenty New York Army National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry
DOD News
PCL inquiries late opening
By | Sept. 16, 2019
The DCSA Knowledge Center, Personnel Security (PCL) inquiries (option #2), to include e-QIP authentication resets will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019. Normal business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time will resume Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

Air Force members pose for a photograph after winning the 2019 Alpha Warrior Inter-Service Battle Sept. 14, 2019, at the Alpha Warrior Proving Grounds, Selma, Texas. The Army came in second place and the Navy third place. The Air Force partnered with Alpha Warrior three years ago to deliver functional fitness training to Airmen and their families.
Air Force defends Alpha Warrior Inter-Service title
By Debbie Aragon | Sept. 16, 2019
The Air Force won its second straight Alpha Warrior Inter-Service Championship over the Army and Navy Sept. 14 at Retama Park in Selma, Texas. The grueling competition saw the three, six-person teams tackling more than 30 obstacles at the Alpha Warrior Proving Ground, the same place where they competed in service-specific competitions to earn a spot in the inter-service finals Sept. 12.

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago as the ship prepares for a five-day medical mission. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall)
USNS Comfort Completes Medical Mission in Trinidad and Tobago
By USNS Comfort Public Affairs | Sept. 16, 2019
The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Trinidad and Tobago Sept. 11, following a six-day medical mission.

Defense Logistics Agency employees are being asked to verify and update their disability status in MyBiz or by completing SF-256, “Self-Identification of Disability,” by Sept. 30 so the agency can accurately reflect its diverse workforce in fiscal 2019 reporting.
Employees encouraged to verify disability status in MyBiz by Sept. 30
By Beth Reece | Sept. 16, 2019
Defense Logistics Agency employees are being asked to verify and update their disability status in MyBiz or by completing SF-256, “Self-Identification of Disability,” by Sept. 30 so the agency can accurately reflect its diverse workforce in fiscal 2019 reporting. 

Prior to the adult walk/run, children and their teachers from the Bettye Ackermann-Cobb Child Development Center on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, participate in a 1-mile 9-11 Remembrance walk with Sparky the Fire Dog on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, Sept. 11, 2019.
DSCR unifies employees with 9-11 Remembrance 5K Run/Walk
By Natalie Skelton | Sept. 16, 2019
Somber bagpipe notes filled the air with Amazing Grace as more than 200 employees participated in the 9-11 Remembrance 5K Run/Walk at the Picnic Pavilion on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, Sept. 11.