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Vermont National Guard News
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

A photograph of Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Brownell, logistics readiness superintendent with the 158th Fighter Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard. (Courtesy Photograph)
Meet Your Guard: SMSgt Jonathan Brownell
By | Sept. 28, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Essex Junction resident Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Brownell, logistics readiness superintendent with the 158th Fighter Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard.

Photograph of Chief Master Sgt. Brian Senecal, 158th Fighter Wing Operations Group superintendent, Vermont Air National Guard. (Courtesy Photo)
Meet Your Guard: CMSgt Brian Senecal
By | Sept. 28, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Milton resident Chief Master Sgt. Brian Senecal, the superintendent of the 158th Fighter Wing Operations Group, Vermont Air National Guard.

A photograph of Tech. Sgt. Christopher Brown, fire protection team leader, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard. (Courtesy Photograph)
Meet Your Guard: TSgt Christopher Brown
By | Sept. 28, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Colchester resident Tech. Sgt. Christopher Brown, leader of a fire protection team with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard
National Guard News
Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, congratulates Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, who became of the Army National Guard in a ceremony June 21, 2019, at the Herbert R. Temple Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station in Arlington, Virginia.
NGB Vice Chief Hokanson takes over as Army Guard director
By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy | June 24, 2019
ARLINGTON, Va. – Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson took the reins as director of the Army National

Brig. Gen. Aaron Walter, commander of the 100th Training Division-Leader Development, visits the officers attending the Command and General Staff College Phase Two 4x4 Course at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, June 10, 2019. The 4x4 course is a pilot program that allows Army officers to complete the second of three phases in person during four weekends instead of the previous option of eight weekend classes or through distant learning.
New option for Army officers’ professional military classes
By Sgt. 1st Class Emily Anderson | June 24, 2019
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Army field grade officers now have a new, shorter option for completing their

Spc. Roberto Terrazas, of the 220th Military Police Company, out of Colorado, maintains a checkpoint during Arctic Eagle 2018 at the Donnelly Training Area outside of Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 28, 2018. The National Guard, in partnership with active duty forces, local, state and federal agencies, can provide capabilities for homeland security and emergency response in the extreme cold-weather conditions of the Arctic region.
Colorado hosts National Guard Arctic Interest Council
By Elena O’Bryan | June 24, 2019
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard will host the National Guard Arctic Interest Council

Maj. Drew Polen (left), executive officer of the 891st Engineer Battalion, gives the reenlistment oath to Spc. Russell O'Neill (right), assigned to 891st Forward Support Company, June 2, a top of pallets of water that are ready to be distributed to communities in Kansas devastated by flooding in May. O'Neill was one of two National Guardsmen from the 891st FSC who decided to re-enlist after volunteering to conduct support missions to help their fellow Kansans.
Natural disasters inspire Guard members to re-enlist
By Courtesy | June 21, 2019
TOPEKA, Kansas – No one wants bad things to happen, especially in their communities. However, for

Pvt. 1st Class James Jarrell, an interior electrician in the West Virginia Army National Guard, poses for a photo June 17, 2019. Jarrell works for the RISE West Virginia program to assist West Virginians affected by the devastating 2016 flood.
W.Va. Guard Soldier makes impact in flood recovery program
By Capt. Holli Nelson | June 20, 2019
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) Pvt. 1st Class James Jarrell, an
DOD News
Soldiers and Airmen from the 42nd Civil Support Team are evaluated on core tasks while conducting training at the Buncombe County Training Center June 13 as part of a U.S. Army North validation training exercise in Woodfin, North Carolina.
U.S. Army North evaluates North Carolina National Guard unit
By 1st Lt. Regina Corbin | June 24, 2019
Every 18 months, the 42nd Civil Support Team is required to be validated on core tasks, such as the decontamination process, identifying threats and materials, and coordinating with civilian authorities in a realistic setting. This validation proves that the unit is ready to respond to a chemical, radiological or biological event. U.S. Army North provides training and evaluates specialized units in the National Guard to meet homeland defense and homeland security mission sets.

USS Boxer ARG, 11th MEU Arrive in U.S. 5th Fleet
By | June 24, 2019
The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, June 23, relieving the Kearsarge ARG and 22nd MEU. The Boxer ARG/11th MEU departed from their home port, San Diego, May 1 and completed a successful transit through the U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleets areas of operations since their departure.

Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Commander Navy Rear Adm. John Palmer presents Lisa Alsup with a certificate of appreciation as her husband Steven looks on during his June 19 retirement ceremony in building 20.
Land and Maritime commander conducts town hall, bids farewell to deputy commander
By Michael Jones | June 24, 2019
Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime associates gathered in the Defense Supply Center Columbus’ Building 20 Auditorium June 19 for a dual purpose Town Hall and retirement acknowledgement of Deputy Commander Steven Alsup.

The initial group of Defense Contract Management Agency volunteers who are setting up the agency’s Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center met near Fort Lee, Va., in early June. The team will build processes, write training and conduct the first assessments of contractor adherence to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement cybersecurity standards. (DCMA photo by Patrick Tremblay)
Building a cybersecurity assessment capability
By Patrick Tremblay | June 24, 2019
Once fully funded and implemented, DCMA will have 274 professionals assessing contractor cybersecurity systems.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, U.S. Army North commanding general, hosts personnel from federal, state, U.S. Territories and military agencies at the 2019 ARNORTH Hurricane Rehearsal of Concept Drill at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston June 12. The ROC Drill helped synchronize active duty military support efforts with federal, state, territorial and local partners to ensure seamless support in a hurricane response event.
U.S. Army North hosts 2019 Hurricane Rehearsal of Concept Drill
By Sgt. Andrew Valles | June 24, 2019
With hurricane season upon us, more than 115 leaders from federal, state, U.S. territories and the military met at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston June 12 to discuss and coordinate active duty military support to emergency response efforts. The Rehearsal of Concept drill was organized by U.S. Army North, the Army component of U.S. Northern Command, as part of its mission to support civil authorities during disasters.