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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.
National Guard News
New York Army National Guard Spc. Olivia Mannetti, a member of the 466th Medical Company, Area Support, takes a break while training for deployment to the Middle East at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill, N.Y., June 12, 2020.  In the last year Mannetti, a 22-year old medic, has joined the Army National Guard and completed training, mobilized as part of the New York National Guard's COVID-19, and is now getting ready to deploy with her unit.
NY Army National Guard Soldier crams a career into one year
By Spc. Marla Ogden | July 13, 2020
CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. – Within less than a year, Spc. Olivia Mannetti became a Soldier,

Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers move personal protective equipment from a warehouse June 2, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Nebraska National Guard delivered PPE across the state to all the local health departments.
Nebraska National Guard helps distribute PPE across state
By Staff Sgt. Heidi McClintock | July 13, 2020
LINCOLN, Neb. – Soldiers and Airmen with the Nebraska National Guard helped the state distribute

A member of the Michigan Air National Guard prepares to administer a COVID-19 test during drive-thru testing in Flint, Mich., July 10, 2020. The Michigan National Guard has partnered with a variety of state agencies to provide free tests to Michigan residents.
Michigan National Guard provides COVID-19 testing in Flint
By Senior Airman Tristan Viglianco | July 13, 2020
FLINT, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard provided free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Flint and

Team leader Heriberto Ruiz speaks with Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadet Dominick Bennett as fellow cadet Luis Castro works to complete core requirements June 5, 2020, at Fort McCoy, Wis. The cadets had to return home during the residential phase of the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic another challenge for at-risk teens to overcome
By Vaughn R. Larson | July 13, 2020
FORT MCCOY, Wis. – The Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy, with its campus at one corner of

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Guzman, assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard 201st Combat Operations Squadron, took top honors as the  2019 Command and Control Battle Management Operations Noncommissioned officer of the year.
Hawaii National Guard Airman tops in crowded national field
By Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz | July 13, 2020
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – Managing an air operation can be challenging and
DOD News
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Navy Cmdr. Sean Andrews passed command to Navy Cmdr. Chris Newell in a small, socially distanced ceremony on Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, July 10. Navy Capt. Jason Adams, commander, DLA Indo-Pacific presided over the ceremony.
Navy Cmdr. Chris Newell takes command of DLA Distribution Pearl Harbor and Navy Cmdr. Sean Andrews awarded for meritorious service
By By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs Officer | July 13, 2020
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Navy Cmdr. Sean Andrews passed command to Navy Cmdr. Chris Newell in a small, socially distanced ceremony on Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, July 10. Navy Capt. Jason Adams, commander, DLA Indo-Pacific presided over the ceremony.

Soldiers, Airmen and other authorized shoppers can donate to Army Emergency Relief, or AER, or the Air Force Assistance Fund, or AFAF, at the register at any Exchange. Shoppers have the option to donate in increments of $1, $5 and $10 or can enter in a custom amount. Online donations can made in $5 increments during checkout at ShopMyExchange.com.
AAFES partners with military relief funds to help Soldiers, Airmen in need
By Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs | July 13, 2020
Soldiers, Airmen and other authorized shoppers can donate to Army Emergency Relief, or AER, or the Air Force Assistance Fund, or AFAF, at the register at any Exchange.

Beans, Bullets, Bandages and Care Packages - Fleet Logistics in the Indo-Pacific
By | July 13, 2020
SINGAPORE -- The 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, with hundreds of

Airmen assigned to the 736th Security Forces Squadron participate in a simulated live fire scenario, conducting close quarters and urban combat training at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 11, 2020. During the scenario, participants were split into teams, using the training opportunity to build trust and camaraderie between team members and applying real-life situations in order to increase combat readiness and interoperability.
736th Security Forces Squadron Integrates Operations
By 2nd Lt Ryan Bradley | July 13, 2020
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The 736th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) has officially relocated

Army Capt. Stacey Johnson, critical care nurse from Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-627, provides positioning aids to a COVID-19 patient July 10 at Baptist Hospital, in San Antonio. The UAMTF is comprised of Soldiers with various medical specialties from the 627th Hospital Center, Fort Carson, Colorado, and deployed to support San Antonio hospitals during the COVID-19 response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to states in need.
ARNORTH to oversee military COVID-19 operations in Texas, California
By U.S. Army North Public Affairs | July 13, 2020
At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state officials, approximately 740 Department of Defense medical and support professionals from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force are assigned as part of DOD’s ongoing COVID-19 operations in Texas and California. As part of the whole-of-America response, U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Forces Land Component Command, will oversee the military operation in support of federal efforts and the state.