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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
USFK Extends Curfew Suspension for an additional 90 Days, 야간 통행 금지 잠정 중단 추가 90일 연장
By | Sept. 16, 2019
United States Forces Korea extended the USFK-wide curfew suspension for servicemembers for an additional 90 days from September 17 to December 17. 2019년 9월 17일 - 대한민국, 평택, 캠프 험프리스 – 주한미군 사령부는 9월 17일부터 12월 17일까지 90일간 주한미군 장병들에 대한 야간 통행 금지 중단 조치 기간을 추가로 연장하였다.

Participants of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center summit pose in front of the Hawaii Air National Guard Headquarters building, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 10, 2019. The purpose of the event – in its fifth iteration – is to provide a forum to exchange information, share lessons learned and best practices across the three Integrated Air and Missile Defense Centers. During the three-day conference, 30 participants received briefings on regional and global threats, emerging U.S. integrated air and missile defense capabilities, and were updated by the different Integrated Air and Missile Defense Centers around the globe.
Hawaii Summit Addresses Importance of Global Integrated Air, Missile Defense
By Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux | Sept. 16, 2019
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The Pacific Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD)

1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Indian Army Soldiers move as one fireteam storming Leschi Town, a training ground outside of Joint Base Lewis–McChord during the #YudhAbhyas19 exercise. The over 700 Soldiers are training across various military disciplines to build a cohesive team that can respond to threats in the Pacific.
Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2019 Continues on Joint Base Lewis-McChord
By Staff Sgt. Joseph Tolliver | Sept. 16, 2019
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – U.S. Army Soldiers from the 1-2 SBCT and Indian Army soldiers have

Rear Adm. Scott Gray, commander of Navy Region Northwest, learns about local commercial fishing processes from John Renner, a commercial fisherman in Cordova. Gray was in Alaska along with approximately 3,000 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel supporting the Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019. AECE 2019, is a joint training exercise that tests expeditionary logistical capabilities in the Arctic region and prepares joint forces to respond to crises across the Indo-Pacific.
Admiral Visits Cordova as Part of Navy's Arctic Expeditionary Exercise
By | Sept. 16, 2019
CORDOVA, Alaska -- Rear Adm. Scott Gray, commander of Navy Region Northwest, visited Cordova Sept.

Vice Adm. William R. Merz, Commander, 7th Fleet, speaks with Capt. Pat Hannifin, the commanding officer of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while touring the Reagan. USS Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
New 7th Fleet Admiral Visits USS Ronald Reagan
By | Sept. 16, 2019
PHILIPPINE SEA -- The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) welcomed aboard the new