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Two F-35 Lightning IIs approach the runway at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., May 6, 2020. Maj. Michael Cady, chief of weapons and tactics for the 134th Fighter Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard, was piloting the Tail 5278 which achieved the 500th sortie for the Green Mountain Boys
158th Fighter Wing honors COVID-19 responders with F-35A flyover
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | May 8, 2020
The 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard will honor Vermont’s front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a flyover on Friday, May 22, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Esther Lee, a chaplain assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, poses for a photo as she supports the Amundsen-Scott station, Antarctica, February 6, 2020. The National Science Foundation runs the station, located at the Geographic South Pole, and relies on the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, as the sole supplier of airlift within Operation Deep Freeze, a six-month deployment to the arctic.
From Vermont to Antartica (and Back)
By Julie Shea | April 11, 2020
Close to midnight on January 7, 2020, Chaplain Esther Lee arrived at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Chosen to be part of the support staff for Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), in her own words, Lee “hit the ground running” and met with military members and civilian workers in the brisk, sunny morning of January 8.

Airmen and soldiers from the Vermont National Guard work to construct a 400-bed medical health facility at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vt., April 4, 2020. The Vermont National Guard is working with the state of Vermont and emergency response partners in a whole-of-government effort to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Build a Medical Facility in Four Days
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | April 4, 2020
ESSEX JUNCTION, VT., (April 22, 2020) – April 1st was supposed to be April Fool’s Day, a day that should have been full of jokes and satire. Instead, a team of civil engineers from the Vermont National Guard spent their day on a more serious note.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Short, a survey team member with the 15th civil support team, Vermont National Guard, decontaminates with assistance of team members at a public drive through Covid-19 screening station hosted at Landmark College, Putney, Vt., Mar. 31 2020. These screens are a collaboration amongst local health centers, hospitals and the Vermont Department of Health.
VTNG Civil Support Team Joins Community Partners in Battling COVID-19
By Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel | March 31, 2020
The 15th Civil Support Team (CST) of the Vermont National Guard, under the guidance of the Vermont Department of Health, established a mobile testing site on the grounds of Landmark College in Putney, Vt. Citizens can take advantage of the drive through sampling provided by the 15th CST after receiving a referral from their doctor or through an online survey at

Members of an honor guard raise the NATO flag in front of North Macedonia's parliament to mark the ratification of accession to the alliance in Skopje on February 11. by Ognen Teoflovski (Photo: Reuters)
North Macedonia joins NATO as its 30th member
By Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel | March 30, 2020
On Friday, March 27, 2020, North Macedonia officially completed its accession into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as its 30th ally, following the ratification of the alliance’s accession protocol by all 29 member nations and the conclusion of formal ceremonies at the U.S. Department of State. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed North Macedonia into the “NATO family” at a formal flag-raising event held in Brussels.
National Guard News
Soldiers from Forward Support Company, 891st Engineer Battalion, team up with soldiers from the Kuwaiti Land Forces to reconstruct fighting positions in the Land Force Institute’s combat course Oct. 7, 2020. Soldiers from both nations will continue to partner throughout October.
891st Engineer Battalion trains with Kuwaiti soldiers
By 16th Engineer Brigade | Oct. 26, 2020
KUWAIT – The 891st Engineer Battalion experienced a remarkable opportunity to train side by side

Members of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) took part in the XVIII Airborne Corps Warfighter Exercise 21-1 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Oct. 1-15. The exercise provided the 149th MEB the opportunity to integrate and train with its active-duty counterparts.
Diverse skills key to success for 149th MEB at warfighter
By Maj. Carla Raisler | Oct. 26, 2020
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade worked alongside multiple active-duty and

Photovoltaic panels are affixed to buildings at the New Hampshire National Guard Training Site in Center Strafford. The panels produce enough power to run the site's operation center, known as Cooper House. The NHNG aims to achieve energy resiliency at the site.
NH Guard strives for net-zero energy use at training site
By New Hampshire National Guard | Oct. 26, 2020
CENTER STRAFFORD, N.H. – October is National Energy Awareness Month.Each fall, the Army highlights

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Scott M. Sherman, Lt. Col. Michael J Bruno and other leaders conduct a wildfire situation brief in the Joint Operations Center, Centennial, Colo., Oct 22, 2020. The team was reviewing fire development throughout Colorado.
Colorado Guard joins fight against East Troublesome wildfire
By Colorado National Guard | Oct. 26, 2020
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Gov. Jared Polis activated the Colorado National Guard to assist the State

Aircraft maintenance technicians, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, walk the flightline looking for debris that could damage an aircraft engine at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, before the day’s training sorties Jan. 29, 2019. The Patrick AFB deployment allowed the 180FW Airmen to train in realistic environments to ensure the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for worldwide deployment.
Airmen recognized on National Day of the Deployed
By 180th Fighter Wing | Oct. 26, 2020
SWANTON, Ohio – No longer considered a strategic reserve, today’s National Guard is a fully
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An ultraviolet light disinfection robot is demonstrated to the staff at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton, Wash., Oct. 14, 2020. The UV device will soon be in use at the military treatment facility as an additional safeguard against the COVID-19 pandemic. NHB/NMRTC Bremerton supports more than 60,000 military families in West Puget Sound, shaping military medicine through training, mentoring and research to ensure a ready medical force and operationally ready force.
Naval Hospital Harnesses Power of Sun to Increase COVID-19 Protection
By | Oct. 26, 2020
Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington, has acquired an ultraviolet  light-emitting robot, specifically designed to eradicate infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

U.S. Navy ships assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group join ships of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla 1, Escort Flotilla 4, and the Royal Canadian Navy, in formation while aircraft from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, JMSDF and Japan Air Self-Defense Force fly overhead during Keen Sword 21. Keen Sword is an example of the strength of U.S.-Japan Alliance, the foundation of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region for almost 60 years. The relationships built and maintained during these events are critical to our shared capability to respond to contingencies at a moment’s notice.
U.S. Military and Japan Self-Defense Forces Kick Off Keen Sword
By | Oct. 26, 2020
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- U.S. Indo-Pacific Command forces and units from the Japan Self-Defense Force

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh escorts Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper to talks in the Ministry of Defense in New Delhi, Oct. 26. 2020.
India, U.S. Begin Meetings in New Delhi
By Jim Garamone | Oct. 26, 2020
WASHINGTON -- The relationship between the world's two largest democracies is among the most

Two B-1B Lancer aircraft prepare to land during a Bomber Task Force deployment at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 21, 2020. Airmen with the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron will conduct missions during the deployment that will showcase Air Force Global Strike Command’s abilities to deliver lethal, ready, long-range strike options to geographic combatant commanders anytime, anywhere.
Dyess Airmen Arrive in Indo-Pacific for Bomber Task Force, Integrate with Koku-Jieitai, U.S. Navy
By Staff Sgt. David Owsianka, | Oct. 26, 2020
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Approximately 200 Airmen and four B-1B Lancer aircraft with the 9th

U.S. reconnaissance Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) exfiltrate towards a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, during a simulated visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) mission aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). VBSS is a part of Maritime Interception Operations that aim to delay, disrupt, or destroy enemy forces or supplies in the maritime domain. Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The America ARG, 31st MEU team remains the premier crisis response force in the region despite the unique challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fight and Deliver: 31st MEU, America ARG Build an Integrated Blue-Green Team
By Courtesy Story | Oct. 26, 2020
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa -- Over the course of a recent deployment, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit