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U.S. Army Spc. Gloria Kamencik, a scout with Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Calvary Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, speaks to Vermont State representatives at Fort Drum, N.Y., June 15, 2017. The representatives had an opportunity to speak with and visit multiple Soldiers during their summer annual training.
Vermont Army Guard becomes first state authorized to recruit women into all units
By Maj. J. Scott Detweiler | April 28, 2021
Women may now join any combat arms unit in the Vermont Army National Guard, following authorization by National Guard Bureau issued today. The Vermont Army National Guard is the first in the nation to open all combat arms...

A 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment Humvee parks while observing a range at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, VT on September 9, 2020. The soldiers of the Vermont Army National Guard's 1-172nd used their annual training to prepare themselves for future deployments. Construction will begin this summer on a light demolition range on CEATS.
Vermont Guard to construct light demolition range at CEATS
By | April 21, 2021
Construction for a Light Demolition Range will begin this summer on the Vermont Army National Guard’s Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont.The new range will allow traditional Soldiers who usually drill one...

Family Programs class offers parenting, relationship tips
By Don Branum | April 13, 2021
The Vermont National Guard Family Programs Office held an online seminar on April 7 to give parents tips to strengthen their relationships with their children as family members deploy or prepare for deployment...

U.S. Army General Daniel R. Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, stands for a portrait alongside Staff Sgt. Sara Basiliere, Master. Sgt. Jessica Mitchell and Master Sgt. Mare Jane Palumbo at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vermont, Feb. 26, 2021. The 158th Fighter Wing has made history as for the first time, three female Airmen from the wing have taken top honors in the Vermont Air National Guard’s annual “Airman of the Year” awards, with Basiliere, Mitchell and Palumbo recognized as “Airman,” “Non-commissioned officer” and “Senior non-commissioned officer” of the year respectively. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Mrs. Julie M. Paroline)
Women make history in Vermont ANG
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell | March 31, 2021
The 158th Fighter Wing has made history: For the first time, three female Airmen from the wing have taken top honors in the Vermont Air National Guard’s annual Airman of the Year awards...

Maj. Jack Skoda, assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, stands for a portrait with his family and daughter, Krystin, after she enlisted at the Vermont Air National Guard base, South Burlington, Vermont, Dec. 23, 2020. In October 2020, the Vermont National Guard announced to its members the implementation of a new Joint Enlistment Enhancement Program (the “JEEP”) and welcomed Krystin as its first eligible enlistment into their Air National Guard soon after. (Courtesy Photo)
Vermont National Guard’s 'JEEP' sees dividends
By Julie Paroline | March 30, 2021
In October 2020, the Vermont National Guard announced to its members the implementation of a new Joint Enlistment Enhancement Program (the “JEEP”) and welcomed its first eligible enlistment into their Air National Guard soon...
National Guard News
Capt. Tyler Wistisen, left, 1st Lt. Michael Flury and Capt. Tana Gurule were honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the Life Saving Award at the Clark County Armory in Las Vegas May 14, 2021. While in the nation's capital in January supporting the presidential inauguration, the Soldiers assisted a Virginia woman injured in a car crash.
Nevada National Guard trio honored for aiding crash victim
By Staff Sgt. Ryan Getsie, | May 17, 2021
LAS VEGAS – Three Nevada Guard Soldiers from 1st Squadron 221 Cavalry were recognized for helping a Virginia woman injured in a car crash while supporting the presidential inauguration in the nation's capital.Capts. Tana...

Reserve Senior Airman Danielle Ippolito, 944th Medical Squadron nurse, and Army Guard Spc. Karston Gardner, combat medic, 856th Military Police Company, prepare to vaccinate Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community residents March 26, 2021. Service members are augmenting COVID-19 vaccination sites for communities with low staffing and high demand.
Arizona National Guard, Reserves join forces for residents
By Tech. Sgt. Courtney Richardson, | May 17, 2021
SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. – COVID-19 took the world by storm, forcing everyone to prepare for the worst kind of emergency, the unknown. Countries were forced to put their emergency preparedness and...

Left to right, Guatemalan Cols. Miguel Orozco, J2 intelligence director; Edgar Agustin, J3 operations director; and Romeo Nerio, training command director; examine an RQ-11 Raven unmanned aircraft operated by the Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Maj. Gen. Walfre Carranza, Guatemala’s chief of defense, led a six-person delegation that toured Arkansas National Guard facilities May 13-15, 2021, under the State Partnership Program.
Guatemala, Arkansas National Guard grow SPP partnership
By John Oldham, | May 17, 2021
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas National Guard and its State Partnership Program counterpart, Guatemala, resumed face-to-face exchanges May 12-15 after a year of virtual exchanges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by...

Michigan Army National Guard Sgt. Bill Fitrakis, 1460th Transportation Company, certified in American Sign Language, explains the COVID-19 vaccine process during a vaccination clinic at the Marine City Middle School in Marine City, Michigan, April 27, 2021. Due to most of sign language being a visual language, he cannot wear a mask as it would not impart the message.
MING Soldier helps at vaccination events with sign language
By Staff Sgt. Tegan Kucera, | May 17, 2021
MARINE CITY, Mich. – During a recent COVID-19 vaccination clinic, Michigan Army National Guard Sgt. Bill Fitrakis, assigned to the 1460th Transportation Company as a truck driver, was able to put his American Sign Language...

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, operated by Soldiers with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, flies over an airfield in the 28th ECAB's area of operations in the Middle East.
28th ECAB officially released, completes Mideast mission
By Capt. Travis Mueller, | May 17, 2021
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – The 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade formally transferred authority of its mission in the Middle East to the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade.The ceremony included the casing of the 28th ECAB’s...
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DLA Distribution Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania Change of Command Photo--outgoing commander Ray Martin and Lt. Col. Robert West
DLA Distribution Tobyhanna changes command
By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs | May 17, 2021
Missouri native Army Lt. Col. Robert J. West took command of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, from acting director Raymond Martin in a change of command ceremony May 17...

PLA Overseas Operations in 2035: Inching Toward a Global Combat Capability
PLA Overseas Operations in 2035: Inching Toward a Global Combat Capability
By Joel Wuthnow, Phillip C. Saunders, and Ian Burns McCaslin | May 17, 2021
Over the past decade, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has followed two general development trajectories. The primary focus hasbeen on deterring adversaries and building the capability to fight high-intensity,...

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend (left), commander of U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), passes the command guide-on to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William L. Zana (right), incoming commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 15, 2021. Townsend acted as the presiding general for the change of command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Morgan L. Brown)
Zana succeeds Flora as Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander
By Senior Airman Morgan Brown | May 17, 2021
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora, the outgoing Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) commanding general, transferred responsibility to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William L. Zana during a...

DTRA Kicks-off Fourth Chemical & Biological Operational Assessment
By Darnell Gardner | May 17, 2021
FORT STORY, Va. - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is gearing up to kick-off the fourth iteration of its signature Chemical and Biological Operational Analysis (CBOA) event. This Joint Force engagement is a...

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 16, 2021. In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
U.S. Air Force bombers conduct global BTF mission
By U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs | May 17, 2021
U.S. Air Force bombers, operating from the United States and forward-deployed bases, conducted a global Bomber Task Force mission today while integrating with allies and partners aircraft in Europe, the Indo-Pacific region,...