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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
Staff Sgt. Timothy Frasier, public health manager of Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, at the Alpena CRTC clinic in Michigan Jan. 24, 2020, during Northern Strike 20-2. Alpena, Mich.
Michigan National Guard public health specialist chooses to help
By 1st Lt. Andrew Layton | Feb. 14, 2020
ALPENA, Mich. – Six years ago, Staff Sgt. Tim Frasier made a bold decision.“I got handed my first

Ohio National Guard Lt. Col. Matt Crawford, deployed as the protection chief in support of Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East, is sworn in for his next term as veterans service commissioner by Maj. Gen. Gordon L. Ellis, 38th Infantry Division commanding general, Jan. 17, 2020.
Ohio native helps protect the force in the Middle East
By Master Sgt. Jeff Lowry | Feb. 14, 2020
UNDISCLOSED LOCATION – An Ohio National Guardsman plays an integral part in protecting approximately

Erick Clark, mental health first aid instructor and certified peer recovery practitioner with the Mental Health Association of Union County, N.J., teaches a mental health first aid training course for members of the 177th Fighter Wing Feb. 12, 2020, at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base. The two-day class addressed some of the unique aspects of military culture and gave unit members the tools to help fellow Airmen facing mental health issues.
177th Fighter Wing Airmen receive mental health first aid training
By Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Moseley | Feb. 14, 2020
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Airmen with the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard

A Washington National Guard Soldier with the 341st Military Intelligence Battalion translates a safety message about how to avoid the novel coronavirus for the Washington Department of Health on Feb. 9, 2020, at the Information Operations Readiness Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Soldiers translated the information into multiple languages for those who don't speak English.
Guard unit translates coronavirus safety message
By Joseph Siemandel | Feb. 13, 2020
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Soldiers with the 341st Military Intelligence Battalion translated life safety

Medics from the Puerto Rico National Guard continue their mission to tend to residents of Guánica at their base camp, Feb. 7, 2020. The National Guard has helped support people in the south section of the island since a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the area Jan. 7, 2020.
PRNG restructures efforts in support of quake victims
By Puerto Rico National Guard | Feb. 13, 2020
FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico – After more than a month of support to the southern municipalities
DOD News
Students from the U.S. Army War College receive a briefing that details terminology, workflow and global capability. Photo by Matthew Mahoney, DLA Distribution PAO
U.S. Army War College class gains insights into DLA Distribution logistics effort
By Matthew Mahoney | Feb. 16, 2020
Students from the U.S. Army War College recently took a tour of the DLA Distribution Center Susquehanna Pennsylvania to better understand the logistics support going on in support of the warfighter.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Chris "Buck" Buchanan
By | Feb. 16, 2020
Get to know Chris "Buck" Buchanan, DLA Disposition Services West Region director in San Diego, California.

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper provides remarks at the Munich Security Conference 2020, in Munich, Germany, Feb. 15, 2020.
Esper Makes Case That China is a Growing Threat to Europe
By David Vergun | Feb. 15, 2020
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper warned Europe of China's increasingly malign influence during his remarks at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

A soldier assigned to the West Virginia National Guard’s 35th CBRN Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERF-P) takes a walk to stretch his legs while participating in the 2020 State of the Union Address on Feb. 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The 35th CERF-P was strategically prepositioned to provide support to and in conjunction with the D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services, the USCP, the D.C. National Guard and many other civil and federal agencies for the SOTUA. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Vance)
WVNG supports 2020 SOTUA
By Staff Sgt. Caleb Vance | Feb. 14, 2020
On the morning of the State of the Union Address, onlookers stare as a police-led motorcade of government issue trucks, pulling large unmarked trailers, passes through downtown Washington, D.C. “It must be the CIA, FBI or something,” they think to themselves, never guessing that the caravan is made up of nearly 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the West Virginia National Guard’s 35th Civil Support Team (CST) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and 35th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP).

Soldiers assigned to Battery B, 1st Battalion, 201st Field Artillery, West Virginia Army National Guard, stage M109A7 Howitzers during exercise Northern Strike at Camp Grayling, Mich., on Aug. 8, 2018. The 201st FA is providing fire support operations during the joint multinational combined arms live fire exercise. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Tawny Schmit)
Oldest active National Guard unit celebrates 285th anniversary
By Maj. Holli Nelson | Feb. 14, 2020
On Feb. 17th, the West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) will observe the 285th anniversary of the establishment of the first militia company in what is now West Virginia.