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Vermont National Guard News
U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Army Soldiers maneuver to firing positions during a marksmanship competition at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., June 21, 2019. National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from six states compete in the Region 1 Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) competition where top competitors advance to the national Winston P. Willson championship. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Michael Davis)
VERMONT AIRMEN & SOLDIERS PLACE MAC IN THEIR CROSSHAIRS
By | July 3, 2019
Vermont Airmen and Soldiers recently teamed-up against five Air and Army National Guard units for a three-day regional marksmanship competition. From June 21st through the 23rd, guard members from across six states squared off to determine which marksmen will advance to the national level later this year.

U.S. Air Force Maj. James Philbrook, Jr., Operations Director of the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 158th Mission Support Group, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, stands with his U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff Masters in Military Studies diploma at the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., July 2, 2019. Philbrook completed the 11-month professional military education course through the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia in June. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Chelsea Clark)
Taking Charge of Your ANG Officer Career
By | June 25, 2019
Commissioned officers, regardless of branch of service, must successfully complete PME coursework to become eligible for their targeted rank and grade. Philbrook was one of a student body of over 200 officers which were divided into groups of 14 to 16 students to discuss, examine and debate an array of topics that usually stemmed from a vast list of reading materials and lectures.

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

Members assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing discuss the vehicle training portion of the Quick Reaction Force annual training at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., June 6, 2019. The QRF team is the 'on-call' support providing rapid response to state-level emergencies and natural disasters. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel)
VTANG Conducts QRF Training
By | June 14, 2019
Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing recently participated in Quick Reaction Force (QRF) training to prepare for state domestic aid response. The Vermont National Guard trains annually to maintain competency in handling public disturbances and natural disasters.
National Guard News
Chief Master Sgt. Wing Ng of the 102nd Intelligence Wing poses beside the F-15 he launched on Sept. 11, 2001.
Massachusetts Airman always wondered how things worked
By Timothy Sandland | Aug. 23, 2019
OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. – As a child living in Hong Kong, young Wing Ng had an

Texas Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Russel analyzes network traffic during a Cyber Shield 19 training week class at Camp Atterbury, Ind. April 7, 2019. As the nation’s largest unclassified cyber defense training exercise, Cyber Shield provides participants with training on industry network infrastructure and cyber protection best practices.
Guard cyber teams called in to get schools, agencies back online
By National Guard Bureau | Aug. 22, 2019
ARLINGTON, VA - National Guard cyber response teams are responsible for getting thousands of school

A U.S. Army Soldier wears a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program pin at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, April 25, 2018. The SHARP team members aimed to provide a more lighthearted environment for Soldiers to engage in a discussion about sexual assault prevention.
New DoD program to catch repeat sexual assault offenders
By U.S. Army | Aug. 22, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense now has a new investigative tool to help identify

Pennsylvania National Guard members joined with partners in the Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) and other civilian first responders in a full-scale exercise at Fort Hunter Park and the Susquehanna River Aug. 15, 2019. A Ch-47 Chinook helicopter unloads a boat team at Fort Hunter Park while UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters land with members of the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade.
Pa. Guard aviation supports full-scale hurricane exercise
By Staff Sgt. Zane Craig | Aug. 22, 2019
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania National Guard members joined with partners in the Helicopter Aquatic

The Alaska Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, supports the McKinley Fire suppression mission Aug. 19, 2019, with two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The helicopters dropped more than 100,000 gallons of water during a total of 9.5 flight hours in support of this mission.
Alaska Army and Air Guard members help fight wildfires
By Pfc. Grace Nechanicky | Aug. 22, 2019
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska Army and Air National Guard have been assisting
DOD News
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment conduct MOUT training with Indonesian Marines during the Korps Marinir (KORMAR) Platoon Exchange 2019 program in Surabaya, Indonesia, August 9, 2019. The KORMAR platoon exchange program between Indonesia and the U.S. involves each country sending a platoon of Marines to live and train together at the other's military base. This program enhances the capability of both services and displays their continued commitment to share information and increase the ability to respond to crisis together.
Indonesian, U.S. Marines Enhance Strong Military Relationship
By Capt. Eric Abrams | Aug. 23, 2019
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII -- U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment are conducting a

Attendees at the Indo-Pacific Safety Air Forces Exchange listen to a briefing on proactive aviation safety in Waikiki, Hawaii, Aug. 20, 2019. ISAFE – which began in 2013 – is an annual event and this year involved the participation of 17 countries throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
US Hosts Experts from 16 Countries at Indo-Pacific Safety Air Forces Exchange
By Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux | Aug. 23, 2019
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Members from United States Indo-Pacific Command and

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Richard Fuerst, outgoing commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, and Col. Lance Lewis, incoming commanding officer of MCAS Iwakuni, conduct the passing of the colors during a change of command ceremony at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 22, 2019. MCAS Iwakuni is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Change of Command
By Cpl. Andrew Jones | Aug. 23, 2019
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, (Aug. 23, 2019) -- U.S. Marine Corps Col. Richard Fuerst, the

The 8th Security Forces Squadron provide a military working dog demonstration for the Korean National Police Gunsan City branch members at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 20, 2019. The KNP visited the 8th SFS for a tour to learn about the different defensive measures of the base.
Korean National Police Visits Kunsan, Tours Security Forces Squadron
By Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards | Aug. 23, 2019
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Members of the Korean National Police Gunsan City branch

Jean Schaffer, Defense Intelligence Agency Cyber and Enterprise Operations Chief, explains the Agency’s digital transformation during the DoDIIS Worldwide Conference, Aug. 20, 2019, at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida.
Defense Intelligence Agency cyber operations chief talks cybersecurity
By Tyra Virgil | Aug. 23, 2019
The Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System and the Department of Defense Intelligence Information System were topics of discussion this week at the Defense Intelligence Agency DODIIS Worldwide Conference.