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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
Members of the Michigan National Guard assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency with logistics support to establish a federal medical station at Detroit’s TCF Center, March 31, 2020. The site can be used for patients if hospitals become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
Michigan National Guard helps set up FEMA medical station
By Capt. Andrew Layton | April 1, 2020
DETROIT – About 20 members of the Michigan National Guard are helping the Federal Emergency

An Indiana National Guard Soldier with the 38th Infantry Division embraces her loved one in Indianapolis, March 31, 2020, after being deployed for nine months in the Middle East and spending two weeks in quarantine at Fort Hood, Texas. Despite having a non-traditional homecoming to adhere to social distancing standards Soldiers were still able to greet their families.
38th Infantry Soldiers coming home
By Cpl. Hannah Clifton | April 1, 2020
INDIANAPOLIS – Select Indiana National Guardsman with the 38th Infantry Division began arriving home

(Left to right) Sgt. Jacob Winton, Cpl. Justin Chambers, Spc. Austin Barnett, Spc. Austin Bahr, at a COVID-19 remote testing site in Putnam County, Tennessee, March 27. At the request of Bill Lee, 250 Soldiers and Airmen from the Tennessee National Guard have volunteered to provide support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
TN Guard shifts from tornado cleanup to COVID-19 response
By Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro | April 1, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It has been a tumultuous spring for middle Tennessee. While the world is dealing

U.S. Army Spc. Dylan Ney, a firefighter with the California Army National Guard’s 233rd Engineer Detachment, 340th Brigade Support Battalion, 115th Regional Support Group, is one of about a half-dozen Soldiers stepping up to help the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services by utilizing his civilian truck driving skills.
Cal Guard members use civilian driving skills to help community
By Staff Sgt. Edward Siguenza | April 1, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Army National Guard members assisting the Sacramento Food Bank and

Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, director of the Army National Guard, washes his hands while touring a COVID-19 screening site at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., March 31, 2020, with Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy, Maryland Adjutant General Maj. Timothy Gowen and Rep. Anthony G. Brown.
Army leaders visit COVID-19 screening site in Maryland
By 1st Lt. Mary Lyons, Sgt. Elise Moore and Staff Sgt. Paul Porter | April 1, 2020
LANDOVER, Md. – U.S. Army leaders visited a COVID-19 screening site outside the nation's capital
DOD News
An aerial photo of the Pentagon.
Northcom, Army North Commanders Discuss COVID-19 Response
By | April 1, 2020
Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command, and Army Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, conducted a Pentagon briefing to discuss their commands' coronavirus response efforts.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Philip Hudson, 7th Air Force command chief, speaks with Senior Airman Oriana Beard, Armed Forces Network broadcaster, during his visit at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 26, 2020. Hudson learned about how the 8th Fighter Wing is ensuring the safety of Airmen on the base while accomplishing the mission.
7th AF commander Learns about Wolf Pack COVID-19 Prevention
By Senior Airman Jessica Blair | April 1, 2020
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ken Wilsbach, 7th Air Force commander

PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 25, 2017) The crest of U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Statement from Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. John Aquilino
By | April 1, 2020
PEARL HABOR, Hawaii - Adm. John Aquilino, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, made the following

Louisiana Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan McClellan processes nasal swabs from patients during a drive-through community based COVID-19 testing site located at Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans, La., March 20, 2020. The number of Guardsmen activated and equipment utilized for the COVID-19 response is anticipated to increase until the situation is stabilized.
Logisticians Make COVID-19 Fight Possible
By Jim Garamone | April 1, 2020
WASHINGTON -- Air Force Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, the Joint Staff's logistics director, said his small

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly is toured through the patient transfer process for the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), March 31, 2020. Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense’s missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people.
Acting Secretary Modly Visits USNS Mercy in Los Angeles
By | April 1, 2020
LOS ANGELES - Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) welcomed Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B.