Vermont National Guard News
Two F-35 Lightning IIs approach the runway at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., May 6, 2020. Maj. Michael Cady, chief of weapons and tactics for the 134th Fighter Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard, was piloting the Tail 5278 which achieved the 500th sortie for the Green Mountain Boys
158th Fighter Wing honors COVID-19 responders with F-35A flyover
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | May 8, 2020
The 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard will honor Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a flyover on Friday, May 22, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Esther Lee, a chaplain assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, poses for a photo as she supports the Amundsen-Scott station, Antarctica, February 6, 2020. The National Science Foundation runs the station, located at the Geographic South Pole, and relies on the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, as the sole supplier of airlift within Operation Deep Freeze, a six-month deployment to the arctic.
From Vermont to Antartica (and Back)
By Julie Shea | April 11, 2020
Close to midnight on January 7, 2020, Chaplain Esther Lee arrived at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Chosen to be part of the support staff for Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), in her own words, Lee “hit the ground running” and met with military members and civilian workers in the brisk, sunny morning of January 8.

Airmen and soldiers from the Vermont National Guard work to construct a 400-bed medical health facility at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vt., April 4, 2020. The Vermont National Guard is working with the state of Vermont and emergency response partners in a whole-of-government effort to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Build a Medical Facility in Four Days
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | April 4, 2020
ESSEX JUNCTION, VT., (April 22, 2020) – April 1st was supposed to be April Fool’s Day, a day that should have been full of jokes and satire. Instead, a team of civil engineers from the Vermont National Guard spent their day on a more serious note.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Short, a survey team member with the 15th civil support team, Vermont National Guard, decontaminates with assistance of team members at a public drive through Covid-19 screening station hosted at Landmark College, Putney, Vt., Mar. 31 2020. These screens are a collaboration amongst local health centers, hospitals and the Vermont Department of Health.
VTNG Civil Support Team Joins Community Partners in Battling COVID-19
By Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel | March 31, 2020
The 15th Civil Support Team (CST) of the Vermont National Guard, under the guidance of the Vermont Department of Health, established a mobile testing site on the grounds of Landmark College in Putney, Vt. Citizens can take advantage of the drive through sampling provided by the 15th CST after receiving a referral from their doctor or through an online survey at https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus.

Members of an honor guard raise the NATO flag in front of North Macedonia's parliament to mark the ratification of accession to the alliance in Skopje on February 11. by Ognen Teoflovski (Photo: Reuters)
North Macedonia joins NATO as its 30th member
By Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel | March 30, 2020
On Friday, March 27, 2020, North Macedonia officially completed its accession into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as its 30th ally, following the ratification of the alliance’s accession protocol by all 29 member nations and the conclusion of formal ceremonies at the U.S. Department of State. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed North Macedonia into the “NATO family” at a formal flag-raising event held in Brussels.
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Pennsylvania National Guard Staff Sgt. Noah McElory looks out the window of the UH-60 Black Hawk containing the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team as it takes off from Muir Army Airfield, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., Aug. 4, 2020. The team saved two motorists from rising flood waters during Tropical Storm Isaias.
Pennsylvania Guard aquatic rescue team saves two motorists
By Army Lt. Col. Angela King-Sweigart | Aug. 7, 2020
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team rescued two motorists

Pvt. Scott Green, a Soldier assigned to the 878th Engineer Vertical Construction Company, 105th Engineer Battalion, helps transport first responders over washed-out roads after Hurricane Isaias made landfall on Oak Island, North Carolina, Aug. 5, 2020.
NCNG helps Hurricane Isaias first responders on Oak Island
By Sgt. Lisa Vines | Aug. 7, 2020
OAK ISLAND, N.C. – North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 130th Maneuver

An Alaska National Guard 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk conducts hoist training June 5, 2018, at Eklutna Glacier.
Alaska Air Guard rescues 2 hikers at Mount Watchman
By David Bedard | Aug. 7, 2020
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Members of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing

Indiana National Guard Soldiers graduate from the Ivy Tech Community College Cyber Academy Aug. 2, 2019. Front Row: Sgt. Stephen Carlile, 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Spc. James Gill, 2/150 Field Artillery; Spc. Sophia Balderas, 76th Brigade Engineer Battalion; Spc. Caleb Murphy, 151 Heavy Infantry, D Co. Back Row: Spc. Nathaniel Musick, 219th Engineering Brigade; Cpl. Luis Diaz-Sanchez, 1/152 Cav.
Indiana National Guard Soldier secures cyber success
By Cpl. Hannah Clifton | Aug. 7, 2020
INDIANAPOLIS – Two years into his bachelor’s degree, James Gill, felt like many students –

This Aircraft Combat Employment wartime scenario is designed to train maintenance, fuels and security forces to deploy with equipment to a simulated remote airstrip to rearm F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, and then quickly depart. The ACE exercise, supported by a C-130-J unit from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., is designed to increase operational wartime readiness.
CONG’s 140th Wing leads way with agile combat employment
By Maj. Kinder Blacke | Aug. 7, 2020
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, became the
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Aircraft fly in formation over the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
U.S. Navy, Air Force conduct integrated training off Japan
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Codie Soule | Aug. 7, 2020
PACIFIC OCEAN -- The U.S. Navy and Air Force are conducting joint integrated training off the coast

The crew of USCGC Sequoia (WLB 215) steams off Palau on June 1, 2020. The crew of Sequoia established ten new floating aids to navigation known as buoys and established or substantially rehabilitated 43 fixed aids to navigation in Palau’s main shipping channel. The U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with U.S. Embassy Koror and with the support of the Department of the Interior, provided further aids-to-navigation infrastructure improvements in the waters of Koror, Palau in late May and early June.
Task Force Koa Moana 20 Tests Negative for COVID-19
By 1st Lt. Oscar Castro | Aug. 7, 2020
PORT OF MALAKAL, Republic of Palau -- Task Force Koa Moana 20 (TF KM20), composed of U.S. Marines

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper speaks at a cermony in which Air Force General Charles Q. Brown Jr. Succeeds Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein as the Air Force chief of staff at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Aug. 6, 2020.
Leaders Praise Outgoing Air Force Chief of Staff, Welcome Successor
By David Vergun | Aug. 7, 2020
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett and Joint

Okinawa Prefectural Government representatives met with Marine Corps Installations Pacific leadership and medical health professionals to discuss COVID-19 related information on Camp Foster Naval Hospital, July 15, 2020. The parties present agreed to continue openly communicating and meeting regularly via teleconference to ensure proper protective measures are being met.
Marine Installation Leaders, Okinawa Officials Meet to Discuss COVID-19
By Marine Corps 1st Lt. Timothy Hayes | Aug. 7, 2020
WASHINGTON -- Okinawa Government representatives met with Marine Corps Installations Pacific leaders

A U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk flies over Fort McCoy, Wisc., during Combat Support Training Exercise 86-19-04, Aug. 19, 2019. CSTX 86-19-04 is a Combat Support Training Exercise that ensures America’s Army Reserve units and soldiers are trained and ready to deploy and bring capable, combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world.
DOD Innovation Speed Must Increase to Modernize
By TERRI MOON CRONK | Aug. 7, 2020
The Defense Department must be more innovative and act faster in its pursuit of putting new technology in warfighters' hands, the director of Defense Innovation Unit said.