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29 Soldiers from the Connecticut and Vermont National Guards graduated the Equal Opportunity Leader Course on Oct. 23, 2020 in Colchester, Vt. The course prepares soldiers to advise commanders to assess human relations, provide advice, and act upon discriminatory practices.
Vermont National Guard prepares new Equal Opportunity Leaders to advise unit commanders
By Maj. J. Scott Detweiler | Nov. 21, 2020
“Diversity” and “inclusion” have become buzzwords from boardrooms to factory floors. But for military organizations, like the Vermont National Guard (VTNG), these words underscore the importance of its most valuable resource – people. Equal Opportunity Leaders (EOLs) play a critical role in helping leadership recognize and embrace differences in their members as an asset to credibly meet today’s challenges.

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.
National Guard News
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers from Hawaii, Nebraska, Virginia and South Carolina train on the Small Unmanned Aircraft System RAVEN during a 10-day class conducted by South Carolina National Guard instructors at the Regional Training Institute (RTI) Oct. 20-30, 2020, at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, South Carolina.
South Carolina National Guard conducts SUAS RAVEN training
By Courtesy | Dec. 2, 2020
EASTOVER, S.C. – The South Carolina National Guard conducted the Small Unmanned Aircraft System

Volunteers pass a tree up to FedEx driver Don Pelletier during the Trees for Troops loadout on Nov. 30, 2020, at Ellms Tree Farm in Ballston Spa, N.Y. More than 20 volunteers from the New York Army and Air National Guard joined with Capital District area veterans to help load about 125 Christmas trees being donated and sent to military bases around the country to support troops and military families this holiday season. This marks the 16th year of military members volunteering their time to assist in loading trees destined for fellow service members and their families around the country and around the world.
Guard members help spread socially distant holiday cheer
By Courtesy | Dec. 1, 2020
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – More than 20 volunteers from the New York Army and Air National Guard joined

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Patton Sr. affixes the insignia on his son 1st Sgt. Eugene Patton Jr. patrol cap during a promotion ceremony on October 20, 2020.
Colorado Guard First Sgt. honors father's service
By Staff Sgt. Zach Sheely | Dec. 1, 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eugene Patton Jr. grew up in the shadow of a man whose Army career he

Michael Wayt is a firefighter with the Anchorage Fire Department Station 9C and is a Front Country Rescue Team leader. Wayt is a retired Alaska Air National Guard senior master sergeant who was a pararescueman with the 176th Wing before he retired in 2003. Wayt's team rescued a family of four on Aug. 15, 2020, at Beluga Point off the Seward Highway. When one of his team members was injured during the rescue, a 176th Wing HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter carrying pararescuemen launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and extracted the injured firefighter.
Retired pararescueman partners with Guardian Angels for rescue
By Courtesy | Dec. 1, 2020
JBER, Alaska – Few would know from looking at retired Alaska Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt.

An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and aircrew assigned to the 210th Rescue Squadron, with pararescuemen aboard from the 212th Rescue Squadron, saved a distressed hiker on July 26, 2020, at Mount Williwaw east of Anchorage
Alaska National Guard rescues two hikers near Cooper Landing
By David Bedard | Dec. 1, 2020
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued
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Staff Sgt. Roger Jackson, assigned to the 183rd Regional Regiment, Training Institute, weighed 250 lbs at the age of 17 (left), lost 80 lbs and today maintains a high-level of physical and mental toughness through regular and consistent training.
Soldier's 80-lb weight loss journey leads to military service
By Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Szoke | Dec. 2, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. — When he was 17, Staff Sgt. Roger Jackson struggled with his weight.  At 5 feet, 7 inches tall, he weighed in at around 250 pounds.   “Over the years, I had been made fun of, bullied, talked about, put down, denied certain extracurricular activities, criticized, etcetera because of my weight,” Jackson said. None of that did much to boost his self-esteem or confidence, but eventually he decided to try out for his high school’s basketball team.

‘Tis the season for holiday gifting, and many shoppers will go online this time of year to find the best deals on popular items. But the sellers you buy from may not be what they seem.
Don't become a victim of holiday online shopping scams
By Christina Pullen | Dec. 2, 2020
With more people than ever doing their holiday shopping online, the FBI reminds shoppers to look out for scams designed to steal money and personal information.

Army Maj. Jared Hrabak, a cyber officer with the Army Reserve’s Cyber Protection Team 185, uses a common network scanning tool called “masscan” to enumerate a network during his unit’s virtual battle assembly at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Aug. 9, 2020.
DOD Consolidates IT Services to Improve Efficiency
By DAVID VERGUN | Dec. 2, 2020
The Defense Department is working to improve the delivery of DOD information technology by consolidating IT systems that are separate from the military services, a senior Defense Department official said.

CFC coordinators and keyworkers assigned to every directorate will continue reaching out to employees through Jan. 15 to encourage participation and offer help placing donations.
National capital region employees almost halfway to 2020 CFC goal
By Beth Reece | Dec. 2, 2020
Defense Logistics Agency employees in the national capital region are almost halfway toward reaching their 2020 Combined Federal Campaign goal of $260,000.

DOD Awards $50 Million in University Research Equipment Awards
By | Dec. 2, 2020
The Department of Defense (DOD) has announced awards to 150 university researchers totaling $50 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). These grants will be provided to 85 institutions across 33 states in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.