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Vermont National Guard News
Official portrait of Colonel David Shevchik, wing commander of the 158th Fighter Wing.
Vermont Air National Guard selects next Wing Commander
By | Dec. 9, 2019
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The nineteenth wing commander for the 158th Fighter Wing was selected at the Vermont Air National Guard over December drill weekend. Col. David Shevchik will assume command of the 158th Fighter Wing following the retirement announcement of Col. David Smith, who dedicated 31 years of honorable service to the Vermont Air National Guard. A formal change of command ceremony will take place over the January Drill weekend at the 158th Fighter Wing.

Airmen assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, welcome the F-35 Lightning II aircrafts while holding the Green Mountain Boys flag at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Dec. 5, 2019. These aircraft arrived from Fort Worth, Texas, and are part of the 20 total aircraft assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard, with the full complement arriving by summer 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Miss Julie M. Shea)
F-35s Continue to Arrive at 158th Fighter Wing
By | Dec. 5, 2019
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. –The next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft landed at the Vermont Air National Guard just after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec., 5, 2019. These aircraft are part of the 20 total aircraft assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard, with the full complement arriving by summer 2020.

Col. David Smith, commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, speaks about the Airmen that fly and maintain the F-35 Lightning II during a welcome ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the aircraft to the wing, Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct. 19, 2019. The 158th FW is the first Air National Guard unit to receive the Air Force's most recent fifth generation aircraft, having received two in September out of a total of 20 that will arrive over the following several months. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
A New Era for the Green Mountain Boys
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | Nov. 8, 2019
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (Nov. 7, 2019) — Months, and even years, of preparation have now culminated to one day, one event. Rigging and spotlights have been carefully hung over the ceiling of the hangar, while below the aircraft sits perfectly illuminated. Endless work by Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing has paid off in bringing two new fighter jets to the base in a historic first. Now, their efforts are being presented to countless visitors, including leadership from across the National Guard, with the eyes of the world upon them. With attendees awaiting in the hangar, and the lights dimmed, the men and women of the wing who have made the event possible enter to a standing ovation.

Vermont Federal employee, Vermont State employee, and Vermont Air National Guard members (from left to right): Mr. Patrick “Shannon” Kelly, Environmental Manager, Mr. Peter Dufault, State Environmental Officer, Maj. Mathew Lehman, Deputy Base Civil Engineer, Chief Master Sgt. John Talcott, Chief Enlisted Manager/Facility Manager, and Maj. Jason Villemaire, Base Civil Engineer, stand for a picture at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Sept 4., 2019. These five members, along with other employees of the Civil Engineering Squadron, received the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Energy and Water Management Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
158th Civil Engineering Squadron Presented with Federal Energy and Water Management Award
By | Oct. 29, 2019
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., (October 24, 2019) – The 158th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) was recently awarded with a Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Energy and Water Management Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, celebrating the procedures and policies they have implemented on base to increase energy efficiency, reduce spending, and preserve natural resources. This award is presented annually to federal employees, groups and agencies that demonstrate reductions in energy waste, an increase in cost efficiency, and advancements towards energy resilience and security.

With only four hours of flight on its clock, an F-35 Lightning II from the 158th Fighter Wing out of the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., receives fuel from a 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., over the Midwest Sept. 19, 2019. The 158th FW is the first Air National Guard unit to receive the aircraft, and will be the second operational F-35 wing in the U.S. Air Force, and will receive a total of 20 over the following months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota)
434th ARW helps deliver first F-35s to Vermont ANG
By Master Sgt. Ben Mota | Sept. 20, 2019
The 434th ARW refueled two F-35s over the Midwest during their delivery to the 158th Fighter Wing out of the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vermont. The National Guard unit is the first Air National Guard unit to receive the aircraft.
National Guard News
A Soldier kneels in front of a Battlefield Cross memorializing the fallen Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers who died Dec. 5, 2019, in a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter crash outside St. Cloud, Minn. The memorial was posted outside a ballroom at the fiscal year 2020 Aviation Safety and Standardization Conference in Tucson, Ariz.
Aviation safety stressed at annual conference
By Spc. Laura A. Bauer | Dec. 12, 2019
TUCSON, Ariz. – More than 380 Army National Guard and Active Army aviators and civilians gathered

Rwanda’s Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Jean-Bosco Kazura, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska National Guard adjutant general, sign a document officially forming a new partnership under the State Partnership Program, Dec. 12, 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda. Watching the signing is Peter Vrooman, U.S. ambassador to Rwanda.
Nebraska National Guard, Rwanda formalize state partnership
By Maj. Scott Ingalsbe | Dec. 12, 2019
KIGALI, Rwanda – Nebraska National Guard and Rwanda Defence Force leaders formalized a new

New York Army National Guard Maj.Gen.Ray Shields (center right), the adjutant general of New York, and Brazilian Maj. Gen. Marcio de Calazans Braga (center right), the Brazilian military attache in Washington, D.C., meet with members of the New York Air and Army National Guard and U.S. Southern Command and State Department representatives Dec. 11, 2019, at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, N.Y. The two-day meeting was held to discuss training and exchange opportunities as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program.
NY National Guard, Brazil discuss SPP exchange opportunities
By Col. Richard Goldenberg | Dec. 12, 2019
SCOTIA, N.Y. – New York National Guard commanders welcomed Brazilian Maj. Gen. Marcio de Calazans

Lt. Col. Bradley Ball, staff judge advocate for the 164th AW and Contemporary Base Issues course director, discusses duty status at the CBI course hosted by the 167th Airlift Wing in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Nov. 15, 2019.
167th hosts contemporary base issues course
By Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle | Dec. 12, 2019
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Nearly 200 Air National Guardsmen from more than 40 units nationwide attended a

Two paratroopers from the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, attach a Humvee by harness to the bottom of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during sling load training on Nov. 17. Sling load is a technique used to quickly move supplies from one area to another by helicopter.
Army modernization delivers capabilities to National Guard
By Kinsey Kiriakos | Dec. 11, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Army National Guard is getting 100 aircraft and Humvees in fiscal year 2020 and 300
DOD News
Group photo of flight 3707th Squadron, flight W09, 1979
Band of Sisters, A 40-year bond
By Sarayuth Pinthong | Dec. 12, 2019
Basic military training (BMT) trainees are provided different skills that can help them throughout their military careers. Some skills come from materials found in textbooks. A few develop the ability to connect within a BMT flight. It was because of this connection that Susan Whaley and her band of sisters were able to reunite after 40 years.

Army Col. Hise Gibson, professor of systems engineering at the U.S. Military Academy West Point, shares his research on how employees working on multiple projects simultaneously are effected by change during a DLA Troop Support Campaign of Learning event Dec. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. Gibson discussed the phenomenon in terms of his research and its relation to Troop Support, and shared potential practices and considerations to maximize workforce efficiency and development.
Context matters: different approaches to looking at people, problems
By John Dwyer III | Dec. 12, 2019
Leaders at the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support invited guest speakers to discuss management concepts, techniques and tools to create a balanced and developed workforce with an increased capacity to innovate and solve future sustainment challenges.

Five Low-Cost, Low-Altitude humanitarian aid bundles are airdropped from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, during Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Woleai, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 10, 2019. Every December C-130 crews from the U.S.A.F. team up with the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force for OCD, a humanitarian aid and disaster relief training exercise designed to airdrop critical supplies to remote islands like Woleai throughout the FSM and the Republic of Palau.
Merry Christmas Drop from Woleai
By Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore | Dec. 12, 2019
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- “Santa 31 is headed your way!!”For those on the island of Woleai in

The official party renders a hand salute as colors are paraded during the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) change of command ceremony. Capt. Craig C. Sicola, of Dallas, relieved Capt. Eric J. Anduze, from Manati, Puerto Rico, as the ship's commanding officer. Blue Ridge, a part of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in support of security and stability within the Indo-Pacific Region.
Sicola Takes Command of 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge
By MC2 Adam K. Thomas | Dec. 12, 2019
YOKOSUKA, Japan -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) held a change of command ceremony

The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) sits anchored at Ulithi Atoll, Dec. 7. Land is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to support theater security cooperation efforts in the Indo-Pacific region.
USS Emory S. Land Visits Historically Significant Atoll in Ulithi
By MC2 Jordyn Diomede | Dec. 12, 2019
ULITHI, Micronesia -- The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) visited Ulithi Atoll in the