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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 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons from the Alaska Air National Guard took part in a simulated casualty evacuation training exercise off the coast of Homer, Alaska, April 27, 2016. The 176th Wing completed its 2,000th rescue mission Jan. 4, 2020, saving a distressed PA-18 Super Cub pilot on the west side of Mount Susitna.
176th Wing completes 2,000th rescue mission
By Alaska National Guard | Jan. 17, 2020
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Search and rescue Airmen of the Alaska Air National

Army 1st Lt. Jerry Rivera serves as officer-in-charge for the Maryland National Guard's Joint Unclassified Processing, Analysis and Dissemination (UPAD) team while supporting earthquake recovery efforts in Puerto Rico Jan 15, 2020, at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Md.
Maryland National Guard helps assess Puerto Rico quake damage
By Maj. Kurt Rauschenberg | Jan. 17, 2020
REISTERSTOWN, Md. – From more than 1,500 miles away, about 10 Maryland National Guard and Defense

Command Sgt. Major Christopher Kepner, senior enlisted advisor to the chief, National Guard Bureau, helps a soldier check communication equipment before the start of a Command Post Exercise at Camp Murray, Wash., Jan. 10, 2020.
81st SBCT tests command post with NGB observer
By Sara Morris | Jan. 17, 2020
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – The 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team tested its command post in an exercise

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Caycee Watson, public affairs superintendent with the 156th Wing, Puerto Rico Air National Guard, documents base camp “tent cities” from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Jan. 15, 2020. Guard members helped set up the emergency shelters for victims of earthquakes that struck Puerto Rico in December 2019 and January 2020.
National Guard supporting earthquake relief in Puerto Rico
By National Guard Bureau | Jan. 16, 2020
ARLINGTON, Va. – More than 1,000 Army and Air National Guard members continue to provide disaster

The 251st Cyberspace Engineering and Installation Group, honored with the 2019 Maj. Gen. Harold M. McClelland Award, provides engineering support and extended communications capabilities worldwide. The 251st CEIG is shown at Springfield-Beckley Air National Guard Base in Ohio.
251st CEIG wins 2019 Maj. Gen. Harold M. McClelland Award
By Senior Airman Amber Mullen | Jan. 16, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The 251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group won the 2019 Maj. Gen.
DOD News
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly calls on Singapore’s Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen. Modly’s visit to Singapore is part of a multination visit to the region focused on reinforcing existing partnerships and visiting Sailors and Marines providing forward presence.
Acting SECNAV's Singapore Visit Reaffirms Strong Partnership
By | Jan. 17, 2020
SINGAPORE – Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly made his inaugural visit to Singapore Jan.

Capt. Mark Asuncion, U.S. 7th Fleet assistant chief of staff for international strategy and engagement, delivers opening remarks to Sailors attending an U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Gender in Security Cooperation Course held Jan. 14 – 15, 2020 on Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. The course was developed in response to the need for comprehensive education on Women, Peace & Security (WPS) within U.S. Indo-Pacific Command theater and meets training requirements outlined in the U.S. WPS Act of 2017 and U.S. strategy on WPS.
U.S Indo-Pacific Command Holds Gender in Security Cooperation Course at Yokosuka
By | Jan. 17, 2020
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 15, 2020) –Sailors assigned to various units in Japan participated in a

Navy Surgeon General Visits USS Frank Cable
By | Jan. 17, 2020
POLARIS POINT, Guam -- Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Rear Adm.

Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, center, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, stands for a photo with fellow sergeants major during the Force Level Summit 2020 held in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15, 2020. The summit is a yearly event held to bring Force Level Sergeants Major together with the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps to discuss ideas, lessons learned and address current and future concerns of the Marine Corps in order to improve lethality and readiness.
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Conducts Force Level Summit 2020
By Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood | Jan. 17, 2020
OKINAWA, Japan -- The 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, visited

There are many facets to finding a career after military life, while married to a military member, caring for a wounded warrior or being a dependent who has moved numerous times during a parent’s military career. All of these things can make finding training and career opportunities difficult due to the lack of relationships created through networking. The goal of the Joint Base San Antonio Workforce, Military Spouse, and Transition Alliance is to build and foster relationships between government, non-governmental agencies, Veteran and non-profit service organizations, and employers in order to locate these opportunities.
Transition Alliance fosters networks, builds careers
By Lori A. Bultman | Jan. 17, 2020
Military members, spouses, family members and caregivers in the San Antonio area looking for a career are fortunate to have the Joint Base San Antonio Workforce, Military Spouse and Transition Alliance available to ensure they find the education, training and opportunities needed to assist them in building a fulfilling career, whether they are leaving the military, changing duty stations, or beginning life after school.