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Official portrait of Colonel David Shevchik, wing commander of the 158th Fighter Wing.
Vermont Air National Guard selects next Wing Commander
By | Dec. 9, 2019
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The nineteenth wing commander for the 158th Fighter Wing was selected at the Vermont Air National Guard over December drill weekend. Col. David Shevchik will assume command of the 158th Fighter Wing following the retirement announcement of Col. David Smith, who dedicated 31 years of honorable service to the Vermont Air National Guard. A formal change of command ceremony will take place over the January Drill weekend at the 158th Fighter Wing.

Airmen assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, welcome the F-35 Lightning II aircrafts while holding the Green Mountain Boys flag at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Dec. 5, 2019. These aircraft arrived from Fort Worth, Texas, and are part of the 20 total aircraft assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard, with the full complement arriving by summer 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Miss Julie M. Shea)
F-35s Continue to Arrive at 158th Fighter Wing
By | Dec. 5, 2019
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. –The next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft landed at the Vermont Air National Guard just after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec., 5, 2019. These aircraft are part of the 20 total aircraft assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard, with the full complement arriving by summer 2020.

Col. David Smith, commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, speaks about the Airmen that fly and maintain the F-35 Lightning II during a welcome ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the aircraft to the wing, Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct. 19, 2019. The 158th FW is the first Air National Guard unit to receive the Air Force's most recent fifth generation aircraft, having received two in September out of a total of 20 that will arrive over the following several months. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
A New Era for the Green Mountain Boys
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | Nov. 8, 2019
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (Nov. 7, 2019) — Months, and even years, of preparation have now culminated to one day, one event. Rigging and spotlights have been carefully hung over the ceiling of the hangar, while below the aircraft sits perfectly illuminated. Endless work by Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing has paid off in bringing two new fighter jets to the base in a historic first. Now, their efforts are being presented to countless visitors, including leadership from across the National Guard, with the eyes of the world upon them. With attendees awaiting in the hangar, and the lights dimmed, the men and women of the wing who have made the event possible enter to a standing ovation.

Vermont Federal employee, Vermont State employee, and Vermont Air National Guard members (from left to right): Mr. Patrick “Shannon” Kelly, Environmental Manager, Mr. Peter Dufault, State Environmental Officer, Maj. Mathew Lehman, Deputy Base Civil Engineer, Chief Master Sgt. John Talcott, Chief Enlisted Manager/Facility Manager, and Maj. Jason Villemaire, Base Civil Engineer, stand for a picture at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Sept 4., 2019. These five members, along with other employees of the Civil Engineering Squadron, received the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Energy and Water Management Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
158th Civil Engineering Squadron Presented with Federal Energy and Water Management Award
By | Oct. 29, 2019
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., (October 24, 2019) – The 158th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) was recently awarded with a Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Energy and Water Management Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, celebrating the procedures and policies they have implemented on base to increase energy efficiency, reduce spending, and preserve natural resources. This award is presented annually to federal employees, groups and agencies that demonstrate reductions in energy waste, an increase in cost efficiency, and advancements towards energy resilience and security.

With only four hours of flight on its clock, an F-35 Lightning II from the 158th Fighter Wing out of the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., receives fuel from a 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., over the Midwest Sept. 19, 2019. The 158th FW is the first Air National Guard unit to receive the aircraft, and will be the second operational F-35 wing in the U.S. Air Force, and will receive a total of 20 over the following months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota)
434th ARW helps deliver first F-35s to Vermont ANG
By Master Sgt. Ben Mota | Sept. 20, 2019
The 434th ARW refueled two F-35s over the Midwest during their delivery to the 158th Fighter Wing out of the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vermont. The National Guard unit is the first Air National Guard unit to receive the aircraft.
National Guard News
The 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade conducted a change of command ceremony for the 125th Cyber Protection Battalion at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina, June 1, 2019, to recognize the outgoing commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Linda Riedel, and welcome the incoming commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. William Medlin.
SC National Guard enhances cyber initiatives with new facility
By Capt. Jessica Donnelly | Jan. 29, 2020
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Development of a new South Carolina National Guard facility to enhance

Minnesota National Guard Soldier Katie Blackwell honored her family's legacy of military service dating back to the American Revolution by having her grandfather, Ford Elliott, help to promote her to the rank of sergeant major on his 90th birthday at a January 2020 ceremony in Champlin, Minn.
Minnesota Guard Soldier honors family’s military history
By | Jan. 28, 2020
CHAMPLIN, Minn. – Sgt. Maj. Katie Blackwell’s brother, uncles, grandfather and great grandfather

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Troy Smith poses with German Air Force Capt. Wolf-Soren Radke Nov. 19, 2019, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Smith and Radke are continuing a friendship their fathers, who were also military members, started years ago.
International military friendship extends to 2nd generation
By Senior Airman Christi Richter | Jan. 28, 2020
GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany – They say history has a way of repeating itself, and for the Smith and Radke

Tech. Sgt. Rosa Valdes and Staff Sgt. Rebecca Toland, non-destructive inspection technicians from the 140th Maintenance Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, perform an inspection of the 446 bulkhead on a block-30 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The 446 bulkhead is aft fuselage structure of the F-16 aircraft that supports the tail structure and recent tests have indicated an increased amount of stress cracks in this area.
F-16 maintenance discovery changes Air Force training standard
By Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer | Jan. 28, 2020
AURORA, Colo. – The Colorado Air National Guard's 140th Wing Aircraft Structural Maintenance and

Tech Sgt. Ian Crocker, information systems analyst with the 10th Civil Support Team, Washington National Guard, briefs visitors on the capabilities of the CST's communications truck during the AT&T FirstNet Disaster Recovery Showcase at the State Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Jan. 22, 2020. The display showcased network and communications equipment that would be utilized during and after a disaster.
10th CST showcases disaster recovery communications equipment
By Joseph Siemandel | Jan. 27, 2020
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The ability to communicate is critical during and after a disaster. Emergency
DOD News
Voting season is fast approaching, and the Federal Voting Assistance Program is ready to help service members and families exercise the right to vote.
Want to vote? The Federal Voting Assistance Program can help
By Claudette Roulo | Jan. 29, 2020
Voting season is fast approaching, and the Federal Voting Assistance Program is ready to help service members and families exercise the right to vote.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Center Susquehanna, Pennsylvania fly a flag over their installation, formerly the New Cumberland Army Depot, in memory of Army 1st Sgt. Larry Marcantel, who recently passed away. (Photo by Ed Shank, DLA Distribution Public Affairs)
DLA Distribution Flag Raising for 1st Sgt. Larry Marcantel
By Ed Shank, DLA Distribution Public Affairs | Jan. 29, 2020
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Center Susquehanna, Pennsylvania flew a flag over Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna, formerly the New Cumberland Army Depot, in memory of Army 1st Sgt. Larry Marcantel, who recently passed away.

Martin Luther King III welcomes Richard Sanford III, application support consultant, Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations, during a service at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19, 2020. King III reminded the audience to continue striving to honor his father’s legacy of fighting racism, hate, inequality and xenophobia. (Photo by Amanda Sanford)
MLK legacy celebrated at National Cathedral
By Richard Sanford, III | Jan. 29, 2020
The Washington National Cathedral welcomed the family and supporters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19 to commemorate his legacy and remind the nation of the struggles that continue as individuals and communities fight for equality under the law.

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley's Phone Call with Iraqi Joint Headquarters Chief of Staff Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi
By | Jan. 28, 2020
Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Iraqi Joint Headquarters Chief of Staff Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi today by phone.

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley's Phone Call with Iraqi Joint Headquarters Chief of Staff Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi
By | Jan. 28, 2020
Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Iraqi Joint Headquarters Chief of Staff Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi today by phone.