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North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska speaks at a press conference on the steps of the Vermont State Capitol in Montpelier, Vermont, on Sept. 21, 2021. Also pictured are Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont's adjutant general, and Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Gray. This visit from North Macedonia continues work that began earlier this summer to build upon the Vermont National Guard’s near 30 year military partnership to include a whole-of-state partnership. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Don Branum)
Vermont, North Macedonia officials discuss expanding state partnership
By Maj. J. Scott Detweiler | Sept. 21, 2021
The Vermont National Guard hosted a press conference Sept. 21 with North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Sheverinska, Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Gray and Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lindsay Kurrle to...

Members of the Turkish Coy, assigned to KFOR Regional Command – East, as part of the NATO Forces, monitor the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) in Eastern Kosovo, September 3, 2021. The Turkish Coy work alongside the Kosovo Border Patrol in an effort to stop illegal activity. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alvarez, KFOR RC-East)
Training is Critical: Current Vermont Deployments are Proof
By Capt. Mikel Arcovitch | Sept. 16, 2021
Training in the Army prepares Soldiers for a variety of circumstances and events. Vigilant Guard is a training event that puts to test our response to domestic emergencies. The Joint Readiness Training Center at Folk Polk,...

Members of the Vermont National Guard assemble COVID-19 test kits at the Vermont SNS Warehouse, Sept. 18, 2020. The service members reached a milestone in assembling the 50,000th test kit that will be distributed throughout Vermont. (Courtesy photo)
Vermont National Guard continues pandemic support at Medical Countermeasures Warehouse
By Joshua Cohen | Sept. 15, 2021
Soldiers and Airmen of the Vermont National Guard continue to support delivery of Personal Protective Equipment and COVID-19 vaccines from the State of Vermont’s Medical Countermeasures Warehouse...

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Brier, 158th Fighter Wing chapel operations NCO in charge, prepares to clear a building during the Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course, Aug. 26, 2021, at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont. The three-day training course was developed by 158th religious affairs and security forces Airmen as a crash course in weapons handling and familiarization, general security procedures, convoy operations and improvised explosive device recognition. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane Phipps)
158th religious affairs team hones combat skills
By Tech. Sgt. Shane Phipps | Sept. 1, 2021
Airmen with the 158th Chaplain office participated in the second annual Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, Aug. 24-26...

Soldiers with the Vermont National Guard's Headquarters Company, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion (Mountain), adjust a new Family of Crew Served Sight Systems at the Camp Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. From Aug. 16-20, Soldiers provided feedback that will be used to further refine the optic prior to full-rate production in 2023. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Joshua Cohen)
Vermont Guard engineers provide input for new crew-served weapon's scope
By Joshua Cohen | Aug. 28, 2021
Annual training for the Vermont Army National Guard’s Head and Headquarters Company, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion (Mountain) was a bit different this year as Soldiers were trained to use the new Family of Weapons...
National Guard News
Washington Air National Guard Master Sgt. Andy Remis, assigned to the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, Camp Murray, Wash., lends a helping hand, holding an Afghan child at the Task Force Liberty Village medical station, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Sept. 11, 2021.  The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Washington Air National Guard)
National Guard teams up with active duty, reserve to support Operation Allies Welcome
By Master Sgt. John Hughel, | Sept. 21, 2021
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N. J. – Since August 2021, Afghan evacuees have been arriving at several U.S. military installations across the country. These secure locations are an entry point for Afghans and their...

Lt. Col. David Hosea, Hawaii Army National Guard, introduces the center of the gravity assessment step of the operational design process to a team of military planners from the Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) and the Hawaii National Guard during the operational design workshop of Exercise GEMA BHAKTI, September 18, 2012, Jakarta Indonesia. The operational design workshop in the precursor exercise for Exercise GEMA BHAKTI.
Hawaii National Guard, Indonesia strengthen relationship in training
By Master Sgt. Andrew Jackson, | Sept. 21, 2021
JAKARTA, Indonesia – A team of military planners from the Hawaii National Guard kicked off an operational design workshop with the Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 16. The workshop is the...

Wyoming Air National Guard Administrative Specialists Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Ballenger and Tech. Sgt. Shyloh Vallot with New York Air Guard, 2nd Lt. Kristin Harosia just after they assisted the emergency delivery of a baby born to an Afghan guest of Operation Allies Welcome at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Force Base, New Jersey.
Air Guard Airmen assist in emergency delivery of baby born to Afghan guest
By Senior Airman Lee Murphy, | Sept. 20, 2021
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Force Base, N.J.—The symbol of our country is a woman, a mother, who would sacrifice anything for the sake of her children. This symbol is no accident. Through a stroke of good timing and...

Participants from 12 NATO allied forces and local citizens paid homage to the 77th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden by gathering at a series of drop zones across the Netherlands and Belgium to observe one thousand Soldiers parachuting from U.S Air Force C-130s and allied force aircrafts during Falcon Leap, NATOs largest technical Airborne exercise Sept. 11-19, 2021 in the Netherlands.
Texas National Guard Soldiers enhance combat readiness during NATO exercise
By Capt. Nadine Wiley De Moura, | Sept. 20, 2021
ARNHEM, Netherlands – Participants from 12 NATO allied forces and local citizens paid homage to the 77th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden by gathering at a series of drop zones across the Netherlands and Belgium to...

Kristjan Prikk (right), the Estonian Ambassador to The United States of America, met with U.S. Army Maj. In Baltimore, Maryland, Gen. Timothy Gowen (left), adjutant general for Maryland, was at the Fifth Regiment Armory on Sept. 15, 2021. The meeting marks the first time the two leaders have met since Prikk assumed the Estonian ambassador position back in May 2021.
Estonian Ambassador meets with MDNG leadership
By Tech. Sgt. Enjoli Saunders | Sept. 20, 2021
BALTIMORE, Md. – Estonia’s new ambassador met with the Maryland National Guard senior leaders at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 15. to discuss the nearly 30-year partnership between Maryland and...
DOD News
North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska speaks at a press conference on the steps of the Vermont State Capitol in Montpelier, Vermont, on Sept. 21, 2021. Also pictured are Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont's adjutant general, and Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Gray. This visit from North Macedonia continues work that began earlier this summer to build upon the Vermont National Guard’s near 30 year military partnership to include a whole-of-state partnership. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Don Branum)
Vermont, North Macedonia officials discuss expanding state partnership
By Maj. J. Scott Detweiler | Sept. 21, 2021
The Vermont National Guard hosted a press conference Sept. 21 with North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Sheverinska, Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Gray and Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lindsay Kurrle to...

A C-5M Super Galaxy kneels at its landing while sitting on the flightline at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2021. “Kneeling” landing gear permits the lowering of the aircraft when parked, presenting the cargo deck at truck-bed height to facilitate loading and unloading operations.
Yokota Airmen Train with the Colossal C-5M Super Galaxy
By Staff Sgt. Ryan Lackey | Sept. 21, 2021
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- There’s no mistaking the sight and sound of the largest aircraft in the U.S. Air Force fleet. It dominates by providing the heaviest intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability, but...

Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, shared his commander’s perspective as a guest panelist for the Air Force Association’s Agile Combat Employment panel during Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Washington D.C., Sept. 20, 2021. The panel consisted of Wilsbach, Gen. Jeffery Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, and Lt. Gen. James Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command commander.
PACAF Commander Talks ACE at AFA’s Air, Space, Cyber Conference
By Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux | Sept. 21, 2021
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, shared his commander’s perspective as a guest panelist for the Air Force Association’s Agile Combat Employment panel during Air Force Association’s Air,...

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava joins Philippine government officials and other stakeholders at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to welcome the September 19 arrival of 2,020,590 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (first photo) and the September 20 delivery of 561,600 doses
U.S. Provides 2.58 Million More Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines to the Philippines
By | Sept. 21, 2021
MANILA, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines -- The U.S. partnered with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility to deliver an additional 2,582,190 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as...

Coast Guard Pacific Area hosts North Pacific Coast Guard Forum Summit
By | Sept. 21, 2021
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The commander of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, an Alameda-based unit that oversees U.S. Coast Guard activities from the U.S. western states to Asia and from the Arctic to Antarctica, hosted an annual forum...