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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
U.S. Army veteran Randy Zepeda Fernandez, left, and U.S. Coast Guard veteran Sal Guzman, right, listen to a mariachi band play ‘Happy Birthday’ during a social distancing double birthday celebration in Whittier, California, May 24, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was coordinated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to honor the World War II veterans' 96th and 97th birthdays.
Cal Guard honors WWII veterans during birthday celebration
By Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill | May 27, 2020
WHITTIER, Calif. – Soldiers from the California Army National Guard honored World War II veterans

A nurse at the Miami Beach Convention Center community- based testing site conducts a COVID-19 antibody test. The Florida Guard is providing support at the Miami Beach hybrid CBTS and Hard Rock Stadium CBTS to allow the state and local partners to conduct antibody testing for first responders.
Florida Guard supports antibody testing in South Florida
By Sgt. Leia Tascarini | May 27, 2020
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The Florida National Guard (FLNG) is supporting COVID-19 antibody testing at the

In this March 30, 2017 photo, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein coins Tech. Sgt. Allen Nancarrow of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard, at Otis Air National Guard Base. Goldfein served with Nancarrow's father, a retired master sergeant, in Italy. Allen Nancarrow is now a second lieutenant.
Adopting the family business, answering the call to service
By Timothy Sandland | May 27, 2020
OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. – Newly commissioned 2nd Lt. Allen Nancarrow’s career in the

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Stephanie Scott, 175th Wing Emergency Operations Center manager, sits at her computer in the Emergency Operations Center at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Md., May 21, 2020. The 175th Wing established the EOC during the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mission Support Group key to wing's COVID-19 response
By Capt. Benjamin Hughes and Master Sgt. Christopher Schepers | May 27, 2020
MIDDLE RIVER, Md. – Airmen from the Maryland Air National Guard are playing an integral role in the

Missouri National Guard Maj. McClellan (Mac) Gaono-Taiese, mobilization plans officer, poses for a studio portrait May 13, 2020, at Ike Skelton Training Site, Jefferson City, Missouri.
Missouri National Guard major honors Samoan culture
By Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott | May 26, 2020
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In many Polynesian cultures, tattoos are symbols of class, nobility and
DOD News
U.S. Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) G. Travis Clifton, Brooke Army Medical Center’s chief of general surgery, poses in front of the Javits Convention Center in New York City, April 22, 2020. Clifton deployed to New York to help ease the burden on local hospitals by aiding COVID-19 and other patients at the Javits.
BAMC doctor returns to hero’s welcome after New York deployment
By Elaine Sanchez | May 27, 2020
Lt. Col. (Dr.) G. Travis Clifton returned to a hero’s welcome last week after a deployment unlike any he’d experienced in his 14-year Army career.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Marisol Swenney, left, and Navy Chief Petty Officer Roland Reyes, both assigned to the future USS Daniel Inouye, review a muster sheet during a crew swap as part of the next phase of recovery for the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd, May 18, 2020. The Navy re-tested the crew for COVID-19 and transferred nearly 90 confirmed healthy sailors from quarantine to the ship to replace the caretaker crew that has been aboard since the ship arrived in San Diego on April 28 The new caretaker crew will continue the strategic deep-cleaning regimen and provide essential services for the ship.
USS Kidd Transitions to Next Phase of COVID-19 Response
By | May 27, 2020
The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd transitioned into the next phase of the Navy's aggressive response to the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the ship with the May 18 transfer of nearly 90 health sailors to relieve the caretaker crew that has been on the ship since its April 28 arrival in San Diego.

From left: Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness; Lisa W. Hershman, the Defense Department's chief management officer, and Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, conduct a news briefing at the Pentagon, May 26, 2020.
DOD Officials Unveil COVID-Related Personnel, Move Guidance
By Jim Garamone | May 26, 2020
Defense Department officials outlined a conditions-based approach to relaxing the stop-movement order that has been in effect since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrives in White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan. Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Okinawa for Limited Port Call
By MCSN Saran Eaton | May 26, 2020
OKINAWA, Japan -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff

The Honorable Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, The Honorable Michael R. Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States, The Honorable Mark T. Esper, 27th Secretary of Defense, and Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, participate in the 152nd National Memorial Day Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony to honor America’s fallen military service members, May 25, 2020 at Arlington National Cemetery.
President Honors Fallen Service Members at Memorial Day Observances
By ERRI MOON CRONK | May 26, 2020
WASHINGTON -- President Donald J. Trump came to ''the noble fortress'' of Fort McHenry in Baltimore