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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
Spc. Gabriel Rushing of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 1/104th Cavalry gives a thumbs-up before driving a load of special needs cots from the Norristown State Hospital April 3, 2020, to the Federal Emergency Management Agency field hospital at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania National Guard supporting COVID-19 response
By Lt. Col. Angela King-Sweigart | April 7, 2020
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – About 850 Pennsylvania National Guard members are helping respond to

North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ashley Feimster unloads medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile from a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle at an Alamance County Emergency Management facility, April 2, 2020. The North Carolina National Guard has been working with State Emergency Response partners on COVID-19 response.
North Carolina Guard answers call in COVID-19 pandemic
By Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan | April 7, 2020
RALEIGH, N.C. – More than 240 North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Soldiers and Airmen deployed

Spc. Logan Jensen, a Spanish and Chinese linguist with the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 300th MI Brigade, Utah National Guard, collaborates over video teleconference with 2nd Lt. Joseph Kline, a Spanish linguist with the 141st Military Intelligence Battalion, to translate emergency preparedness information from English into Spanish during a statewide self-quarantine, near Salt Lake City, Utah, March 26, 2020.
Utah Guard linguists overcome language gap during pandemic
By Ileen Kennedy | April 7, 2020
DRAPER, Utah – As Utah confronted the COVID-19 pandemic and a succession of earthquakes, linguists

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lucas Budd, an engineer adviser assigned to the Northwest Joint Engineer Assessment Team, takes notes during a site survey April 4, 2020, at Upper Sandusky High School. Ohio National Guard members were assessing whether the school is suitable for use as an alternate medical facility, if COVID-19 cases increase beyond what existing hospitals in the state can manage.
Ohio Guard helps state evaluate alternate care sites
By Tech. Sgt. Shane Hughes | April 7, 2020
UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine turned to the Ohio National Guard to help develop a

Senior Airman Nicholas Christy from the 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho National Guard, and the other Airmen are helping out at Idaho food banks by unloading food from trucks, sorting the food into carts and helping load the donated food into people's cars April 3, 2020.
Idaho National Guard helps staff food banks
By Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur | April 7, 2020
BOISE, Idaho – More than 40 Idaho National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are helping food bank workers
DOD News
Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Andrew Hatmaker, left, and Travis Passaro, middle, and Navy Seaman Zachary Faull walk along Pier 90 as part of a security detachment supporting the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort in New York City, April 2, 2020.
Comfort, Javits Center Open Care to COVID-19 Patients
By C. Todd Lopez | April 7, 2020
The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort and the Defense Department-run alternate care facility at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, both in New York City, are now taking patients with COVID-19, defense medical officials said.

A soldier with the Michigan National Guard receives medical screening as they enter and exit the building to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As people around the world continue to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the DLA Troop Support expedited 3,000 pairs of disposable gloves to the 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Korea to help protect soldiers.
DLA Troop Support expedites disposable gloves to Korea, protects soldiers against coronavirus
By Mikia Muhamamd | April 7, 2020
As people around the world continue to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support is helping protect soldiers in Korea with disposable gloves. In late March, the Clothing and Textiles organizational clothing and individual equipment team expedited an emergency order for 3,000 pairs of gloves for the 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Korea.

Basic Combat Training recent graduates screened upon arrival to Fort Lee, Virginia for COVID-19. A combined effort of social distance enabled training and other health and safety measures were implemented in the first controlled transport of approximately 800 Basic Combat Training recruits from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, to Fort Lee.
Army delays recruit movement to basic training, offers incentive pay
By Joseph Lacdan | April 7, 2020
To help slow the spread of coronavirus, the Army will halt the movement of new recruits to basic combat training for at least two weeks, service leaders said April 6. New recruits may also be eligible to receive up to $6,000 of delayed shipping incentive pay added to any existing bonuses, depending on the length of delay.

Per Army guidance, soldiers are authorized to wear the neck gaiter and other cloth items, such as bandanas and scarves, as face coverings. Soldiers should not, however, fashion face coverings from Army combat uniforms or other materials that have been chemically treated. Personal protective equipment, such as N95 respirators or surgical masks, must be reserved for use in medical settings.
Defense Health Official Urges Personnel, Families to Wear Face Masks
By Terri Moon Cronk | April 7, 2020
Defense Department personnel and their families — military and civilian — are urged to wear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Defense Health Agency official said.

Members of the Colorado National Guard inprocess to state active duty at Joint Force Headquarters, Centennial, Colorado, April 6, 2020. More than 250 Colorado National Guard members have been mobilized to help the State Emergency Operations Center and the City and County of Denver with COVID-19 response. Each servicemember entering SAD completed a medical screeing and briefing on current COVID-19 operations.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K VonNida)
Colorado National Guard helps City, County of Denver to shelter people experiencing homelessness
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | April 7, 2020
By order of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis April 3, 2020, more than 250 Colorado National Guard members have been mobilized and are on State Active Duty to help the State Emergency Operations Center and the City and County of Denver to shelter people in Denver experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.