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Vermont National Guard News
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

Maj. Matthew Wignall and members of his unit hike down Jay Peak when he was the commander of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, Vermont Army National Guard, Jan. 26, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nathan Rivard/Released)
Meet Your Guard: Maj. Matthew Wignall
By | Aug. 31, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Essex resident Maj. Matthew Wignall, brigade operations officer, Headquarters, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard.

Officer Candidate Dylan Gates, officer candidate, 2nd Modular Training Battalion, 124th Regional Training Institute, poses for a photograph during completing Army Basic Training.
Meet Your Guard: Officer Candidate Dylan Gates
By | Aug. 24, 2018
This edition of Meet Your Guard highlights Colchester resident Officer Candidate Dylan Gates, an officer candidate with 2nd Modular Training Battlaion,124th Regional Training Institute.
National Guard News
Rita McCarty has served as the Mississippi Army National Guard Cultural Resource Manager for 13 years. She was recognized by MSARNG Chief of Staff Col. Amos Parker with the Mississippi Meritorious Civilian Service Ribbon, the highest honor awarded to a civilian employee of the MSARNG. The Defense Department cited her program for an award.
Department of Defense environmental awards announced
By Department of Defense | April 22, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced Monday the 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental

Spc. Sasha Del Carpio Torres, 28th Military Police Company, treats a wound on a mock casualty during a Combat Lifesaver course held by the 300th Sustainment Brigade at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, April 19, 2019.
Instructor: Follow Combat Lifesaver standards to save lives
By Sgt. Nahjier Williams | April 22, 2019
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Spc. Jonathan Saffle doesn’t take training lightly. An instructor for the

The Ohio National Guard Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) conducts network assessments during exercise week of Cyber Shield 19, at Camp Atterbury, Ind., April 16, 2019. The Cyber Mission Assurance teams are being stood up by the National Guard to help secure the critical infrastructure that services Department of Defense installations.
Ohio National Guard team to defend critical infrastructure
By Staff Sgt. George Davis | April 22, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio -The National Guard is standing up cyber warriors to protect the vulnerable critical

Staff Sgt. Mary Junell stands on her assigned truck while she was serving in Iraq in 2004 with the North Carolina National Guard’s 1450th Transportation Company. The unit spent several months on the roads in Iraq before they were able to get armor on their vehicles; a common occurrence in the early years of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
N.C. Soldier reflects on her 2004 deployment to Iraq
By Staff Sgt. Mary Junell | April 19, 2019
RALEIGH, N.C. – Fifteen years. Could it have been that long? I was traveling to a long-overdue

Maj. Ryan Stott, a pilot with the 114th Fighter Wing, exits an F-16C Fighting Falcon during Lobo Plummet at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, March 2019. Lobo Plummet is a deployment for training that enables the 114th Fighter Wing to conduct force integration with fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft.
South Dakota Airmen join forces with others at Lobo Plummet in Calif.
By Capt. Jessica Bak | April 19, 2019
MIRAMAR, Calif. – The 114th Fighter Wing deployed 180 Airmen, F-16 Fighting Falcons, and associated
DOD News
Senior service commanders from throughout Joint Base San Antonio signed the Commanders' Proclamation during the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Summit at the Fort Sam Houston Community Center April 3. The event helped command teams across JBSA and the Sexual Assault first responders to gain a better understanding of sexual assault trends and gain knowledge from subject matter experts. By signing the proclamation, the leaders across JBSA commit to work together to educate our community about supporting survivors and standing against harmful attitudes and actions, and not be bystanders.
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston hosts Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Summit
By Lauren Padden | April 22, 2019
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) commanding general, and senior leaders from the Joint Base San Antonio community hosted the 3rd Annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)/Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit at the Fort Sam Houston Community Center April 3 to discuss current topics in sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, Army North (Fifth Army) commanding general, provides the keynote address at the
‘Take Back Our City’ event targets sexual violence
By Monica Yoas | April 22, 2019
Joint Base San Antonio partnered with The Rape Crisis Center and the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade to host a Take Back Our City/Night event for the San Antonio community April 11. The event was held at San Antonio College with Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, Army North (Fifth Army) commanding general, providing the keynote address.

Residents of privatized Army family and unaccompanied housing will receive information about how to complete the 2019 Residential Communities Initiative resident satisfaction survey.  The survey runs April 23 through May 24 to gather feedback about life in privatized housing.
Army to conduct survey gauging resident satisfaction with privatized housing
By U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management | April 22, 2019
The Army will conduct a Residential Communities Initiative resident satisfaction survey April 23 through May 24 to gather feedback about life in privatized housing. Housing residents at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston will be included in the survey.

The Army will spend the next three to four years implementing an improved merit-based promotion system. The effort centers on a transition from time-based to merit-based policies and practices. Further, the change ensures that the best-qualified Soldier will be the first one eligible for promotion.
Army makes big changes to centralized promotion board system
By Devon L. Suits | April 22, 2019
The Army is revising its centralized promotion board processes to deliver "the right person, at the right job, at the right time," according to Army G-1 officials.

The Howard County pumping station, located in Howard County Maryland, has the capacity to pump 5 million gallons of reclaimed water to NSA’s East Campus on a daily basis.
NSA Wins 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Innovative East Campus Reclaimed Water Project
By Jennifer Bowman | April 22, 2019
The NSA’s East Campus Water Reclamation Team has been recognized as a winner of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award. The team’s achievement highlights its innovative use of reclaimed water as an environmentally and economically sustainable method for delivering cooling water to the first phase of the Agency’s East Campus (EC).