Vermont National Guard News
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
Senior Airman Alexis Maher, left of lectern, receives the 103rd Airlift Wing First Sergeant Council’s 2019 Diamond Award. Airmen through the rank of Technical Sergeant are eligible for nomination, and candidates appear before a board for evaluation.
103rd Defenders named ANG Security Forces Unit of the Year
By Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker | Sept. 30, 2020
EAST GRANBY, Conn. – The 103rd Security Forces Squadron at Bradley Air National Guard Base received

Soldiers and Airmen from the Connecticut National Guard load boxes of face masks into a vehicle at West Hartford Public Works, West Hartford, Connecticut, Sept. 30, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard is helping distribute 600,000 masks to school districts throughout the state.
Connecticut National Guard helps distribute masks to schools
By Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker | Sept. 30, 2020
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut National Guard is helping both the Connecticut State

Officer Candidate School candidates link arm to arm for stability as they navigate a balance beam obstacle in Salina, Kansas, Sept. 13, 2020.
Kansas Guard officer candidates learn teamwork, communication
By Sgt. Ian Safford | Sept. 30, 2020
SALINA, Kan. – Instead of spending a beautiful Sunday morning in the classroom, candidates of class

U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Scott Notestine, a pilot with the 166th Air Refueling Squadron, 121st Air Refueling Wing, and Staff Sgt. Cody Notestine and Staff Sgt. Nick Notestine, aircraft metals technology specialists with the 121st Maintenance Squadron, 121st ARW, in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker on the flight line at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Columbus, Ohio, Sep. 28, 2020. Lt. Col. Notestine retires Sep. 30 after 35 years of service, and his sons were recently selected to become pilots in the 121st ARW.
Flying in their father's footsteps
By 121st Air Refueling Wing | Sept. 30, 2020
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cody Notestine's phone rang. It was the call he had been waiting for: he had been

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter, operated by Soldiers with Bravo Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off from an airfield for a local area orientation flight in the 28th ECAB's area of operations after arriving in the Middle East. These flights ensure 28th ECAB aircrews are properly acclimated and can conduct missions safely during the deployment.
28th ECAB digging in for Mideast mission
By Capt. Travis Mueller | Sept. 30, 2020
KUWAIT – Soldiers with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade have arrived in the U.S.
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Al Hight is the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Equal Employment Manager based out of Battle Creek, Michigan. Hight has worked for the federal government for 38 years.
Leadership Spotlight: Al Hight
By | Oct. 1, 2020
Get to know Al Hight, DLA Disposition Services Equal Employment manager.

U.S. Army Pacific Soldiers with Black Watch Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, conduct security operations on the island of Anguar in the Republic of Palau September 8. Defender Pacific 2020 brought over 125 Soldiers and a Logistics Support Vessel carrying two High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems.
Task Force Oceania Plays Pivotal Role in Defender Pacific 2020
By Courtesy | Sept. 30, 2020
U.S. ARMY PACIFIC -- In a show of commitment to the nation of Palau and a Free and Open

U.S. Marines with 12th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, unload a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from a C-130 during a HIMARS rapid infiltration exercise at Ie Shima, Japan, Sept. 24, 2020. The exercise represented a step forward in demonstrating how III Marine Expeditionary Force units can leverage the unique capabilities of joint partners in rapidly dispersing to and operating from key maritime terrain, sustain distributed positions, and quickly displace or withdraw as necessitated by the tactical situation.
Extending the Range: Marines Secure Maritime Terrain, Deploy Rocket System
By Gunnery Sgt. Steve Cushman | Sept. 30, 2020
OKINAWA, Japan -- U.S. Marines refined their ability to rapidly deploy to remote regional islands in

Participants and organizers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Reserve Interpreters Training symposium at Camp Zama, Japan, Sept. 24, pose for a group photograph.
U.S. Army Reserve Affairs Japan, USARJ, Helps JGSDF Candidates Hone Interpretation Skills
By | Sept. 30, 2020
CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- With the aim of improving interpretation skills, U.S. Army Reserve Affairs

Master Sgt. Kenneth Martin, 753rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production superintendent puts augmented reality goggles on Col. Andrew Campbell, 374th Airlift Wing commander, in the newly-opened innovation lab at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 25, 2020. Although newly created and opened, The Dojo is stocked with top-tier technology such as AR, 3D printers, prototyping software, and reverse-engineering tools.
Pacific Air Forces Innovation Lab ‘The Dojo’ Now Open
By Staff Sgt. Taylor A. Workman | Sept. 30, 2020
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Pacific Air Forces added a new innovation lab to its roster Sept. 25,