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Members of the Turkish Coy, assigned to KFOR Regional Command – East, as part of the NATO Forces, monitor the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) in Eastern Kosovo, September 3, 2021. The Turkish Coy work alongside the Kosovo Border Patrol in an effort to stop illegal activity. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alvarez, KFOR RC-East)
Training is Critical: Current Vermont Deployments are Proof
By Capt. Mikel Arcovitch | Sept. 16, 2021
Training in the Army prepares Soldiers for a variety of circumstances and events. Vigilant Guard is a training event that puts to test our response to domestic emergencies. The Joint Readiness Training Center at Folk Polk,...

Members of the Vermont National Guard assemble COVID-19 test kits at the Vermont SNS Warehouse, Sept. 18, 2020. The service members reached a milestone in assembling the 50,000th test kit that will be distributed throughout Vermont. (Courtesy photo)
Vermont National Guard continues pandemic support at Medical Countermeasures Warehouse
By Joshua Cohen | Sept. 15, 2021
Soldiers and Airmen of the Vermont National Guard continue to support delivery of Personal Protective Equipment and COVID-19 vaccines from the State of Vermont’s Medical Countermeasures Warehouse...

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Brier, 158th Fighter Wing chapel operations NCO in charge, prepares to clear a building during the Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course, Aug. 26, 2021, at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont. The three-day training course was developed by 158th religious affairs and security forces Airmen as a crash course in weapons handling and familiarization, general security procedures, convoy operations and improvised explosive device recognition. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane Phipps)
158th religious affairs team hones combat skills
By Tech. Sgt. Shane Phipps | Sept. 1, 2021
Airmen with the 158th Chaplain office participated in the second annual Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, Aug. 24-26...

Soldiers with the Vermont National Guard's Headquarters Company, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion (Mountain), adjust a new Family of Crew Served Sight Systems at the Camp Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. From Aug. 16-20, Soldiers provided feedback that will be used to further refine the optic prior to full-rate production in 2023. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Joshua Cohen)
Vermont Guard engineers provide input for new crew-served weapon's scope
By Joshua Cohen | Aug. 28, 2021
Annual training for the Vermont Army National Guard’s Head and Headquarters Company, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion (Mountain) was a bit different this year as Soldiers were trained to use the new Family of Weapons...

Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont's adjutant general, prepares for an interview with NECN's Jack Thurston Aug. 26, 2021, at Camp Johnson, Vermont. Knight answered questions regarding the presence of a contingent of Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain), 86th Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) in Kabul, Afghanistan, to support Operation Allies Refuge, an effort to evacuate U.S. forces and at-risk Afghans from the country. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Don Branum)
Knight discusses Vermont Guard presence in Afghanistan
By Don Branum | Aug. 27, 2021
Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont’s adjutant general, discussed the Vermont Guard’s support for Operation Allies Refuge, the current effort in Kabul, Afghanistan, to evacuate U.S. personnel and at-risk Afghan civilians from the...
National Guard News
Technical Sgt. Robert Laidlow, 167th Fire and Emergency Services, monitors and keeps account of the firefighters assigned to his team during collapsed structure training as part of Exercise Vigilant Guard 2021 Aug. 27, 2021.
167th Airlift Wing firefighters train on disaster response
By Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle, | Sept. 16, 2021
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – They changed the tires on their equipment trailer, prepped their communication devices, loaded their urban search and rescue kits and headed south from Martinsburg to Charleston for Vigilant Guard...

A ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, was launched from North Vandenberg in California Sept. 12, 2021, by Space Launch Delta 30 officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command.
100th Missile Defense Brigade assists with MDA flight test
By Staff Sgt. Zach Sheely, | Sept. 16, 2021
VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 100th Missile Defense Brigade's Detachment 1 provided the necessary human-in-the-loop to execute the Missile Defense Agency's successful launch of a ground-based interceptor during...

Members of the Puerto Rico National Guard, 190th Engineering Battalion, head to Louisiana Sept. 16, 2021, to assist with Hurricane Ida recovery efforts. The PRNG sent 43 engineers to help assess damage to Louisiana bridges and roads in the aftermath of the storm.
Puerto Rico Guard helps Louisiana with Hurricane Ida relief
By Puerto Rico National Guard | Sept. 16, 2021
FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico – Bridge engineers with the 190th Engineering Battalion of the Puerto Rico National Guard mobilized to Louisiana Sept. 16 to support Hurricane Ida recovery efforts. Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi signed an...

Airman 1st Class Audrey Parios, a C-130 crew chief in the Kentucky Air National Guard, reports to Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2021, to provide logistical support to medical staff struggling to keep pace with the rising number of critically ill COVID patients. She is one of 310 Kentucky Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who were activated by Gov. Andy Beshear to provide non-clinical support to 21 hospitals across the commonwealth.
Kentucky Air Guard augments hospital workers battling COVID
By Dale Greer, | Sept. 16, 2021
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – More than 40 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard reported to Baptist Hospital East Sept. 14 to provide logistical support for medical staff fighting a rising tide of critically ill COVID...

Brazilian airmen and pararescue Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing exit an HH-60 Pave Hawk  while participating in Exercise Tapio 2021 at Campo Grande Air Base, Campo Grande, Brazil. The exercise Aug. 19-31 was part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program.
NY Air Guard teams with Brazilian airmen for Exercise Tapio
By Eric Durr and Staff Sgt. Daniel Farrell, | Sept. 15, 2021
WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. - Eighty New York Air National Guard Airmen participated in a 10-day Brazilian Air Force training operation at Campo Grande Brazil in August as part of the State Partnership Program.The 105th Airlift...
DOD News
Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III hold a press conference on the recommendations of the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations at the State Department, Sept. 16, 2021.
Australia, U.S. Alliance Is Stronger, Deeper Than Ever, Officials Say
By Jim Garamone | Sept. 16, 2021
The Australia-U.S. alliance is stronger today than it ever has been, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said, and the steps taken during the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations at the State Department are aimed at...

The POW/MIA flag is displayed during a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery mission in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 16, 2021.
Defense Department Observes National POW/MIA Recognition Day
By David Vergun | Sept. 16, 2021
National POW/MIA Recognition Day — which usually falls on the third Friday in September — was established in 1979 to honor those service members who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing...

Oklahoma National Guardsmen Spc. Michael West, left, and Spc. Gage Stone, right, truck drivers with Alpha Company, 120th Engineer Battalion, 90th Troop Command, give supplies to a resident of a neighborhood in LaPlace, Louisiana, Sept. 7, 2021. Oklahoma National Guardsmen drove throughout neighborhoods to distribute supplies directly to Louisiana residents, allowing for essential aid to reach the local populace quickly. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Senior Airman Alex Kaelke)
Oklahoma National Guard completes Hurricane Ida relief mission
By Cpl. Reece Heck, | Sept. 16, 2021
Following the devastation to Southern Louisiana brought by Hurricane Ida, nearly 500 Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard members volunteered to give up their Labor Day weekends in order to come to the aid of their Louisiana...

Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) man the rails as the ship departs Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan (CFAS) Sept. 15, 2021. Germantown departed San Diego Jan. 5, 2011 and will return to homeport there following a decade of service as a forward-deployed ship at CFAS in the U.S. 7th Fleet.
USS Germantown Completes Forward-deployment to Japan, Sails for San Diego
By Lt. John Stevens | Sept. 16, 2021
SASEBO, Japan -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) detached from Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and departed U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Sept. 15, after a decade of being forward-deployed to...

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and members of the Australian Defence Force, sit in a MV-22B Osprey that is flying to Darwin, Australia, after a site survey visit at Tiwi Island, NT, Australia, May 3, 2021. Marines and ADF members conducted a site survey at Tiwi Island in preparation of an upcoming exercise for MRF-D’s 10th rotation. The 2021 rotation provides the U.S. Marine Corps and ADF with an exceptional opportunity to develop relationships, learn about each other’s cultures, strengthen partnership, and increase shared military capabilities.
Long-Term U.S., Australian Relationship Will Ensure Free, Open Indo-Pacific Region
By C. Todd Lopez | Sept. 16, 2021
WASHINGTON -- Despite continued Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region, the long-standing relationship between the United States and Australia — and the strong partnership between their militaries — is expected to...