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Vermont cavalry squadron cleared to recruit women
By Maj. J. Scott Detweiler | Jan. 21, 2021
The 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), is now authorized to recruit women directly into the unit, marking the first time in the National Guard’s 384 year history that a battalion-sized combat arms unit can enlist women.

Pvt. Jonas Schroeder conducts a traffic stop on the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, during a task evaluation Jan. 16, 2021. Schroeder and other Soldiers with the 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment are training on law enforcement duties in preparation for a deployment in support of U.S. Army Europe and Africa.
172nd LED tests skills prior to deployment
By Don Branum | Jan. 19, 2021
The 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment concluded more than a year of training with an evaluation at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site Jan. 15-16.

Approximately 100 Vermont National Guardsmen will deploy to Washington, D.C., to support inauguration efforts the week of Jan. 18, 2021. In this photo, the American flag flies at half-staff over the U.S. Capitol Jan. 11 in honor of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed during the riot Jan. 6.
Vermont Guard to support D.C. response, inauguration
By | Jan. 14, 2021
Approximately 100 Vermont Army National Guard Soldiers will support operations in Washington D.C.

Staff Sgt. Yolande Allen receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Douglas Sutton during a vaccine rollout at Camp Johnson, Vermont, Jan. 4, 2021. The Vermont National Guard received 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine in late December. Allen is a performer with the 40th Army Band who specializes in flute, tenor saxophone, and vocals. Sutton is a registered nurse with the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Vermont National Guard rolls out first doses of COVID vaccine
By Don Branum | Jan. 5, 2021
Medical personnel with the Vermont Army National Guard Medical Detachment, the 158th Medical Group, and the University of Vermont Medical Center administered COVID-19 vaccinations to 60 Soldiers and Airmen here Jan. 4.

Col. Adam Rice (left), vice wing commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, presents a flag flown in the F-35A Lightning II to WWII veteran Lenny Roberge, Vermont’s oldest living veteran, outside his nursing home in South Burlington, Vt., Dec. 22, 2020. In order to honor Roberge, Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing had a flag flown in an F-35 during a combat training sortie over the mountains of Vermont and New York. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Davis)
Airmen honor Vermont’s oldest living veteran
By | Dec. 31, 2020
Honor. This is a word that is ingrained into the ethos of men and women who have ever served in the U.S. military. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing learned that Vermont’s oldest living veteran, 106-year-old Lenny Roberge who served in WWII, wanted to visit the Vermont Air National Guard, they were excited and started making plans for his visit in November.
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U.S. Army Spc. Mustansir Husain with the Task Force Spartan COVID Vaccination Testing Team, Michigan Army National Guard, prepares a COVID-19 vaccination in Lake Ann, Michigan, Jan. 21, 2021. The state of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) requested support for the COVID-19 vaccine inoculations statewide.
Michigan National Guard assists with COVID-19 vaccinations
By Capt. Joe Legros | Jan. 22, 2021
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard teamed with the Benzie-Leelanau District Health

Vaccinators and Citizen-Soldiers from the Wisconsin National Guard prepare for the first day of mobile vaccination team operations Jan. 19, 2021, in Greendale, Wis. Guard members and students from the University of Wisconsin system make up nine teams available to help local health departments increase COVID-19 vaccine access.
First mobile vaccination teams assist Wisconsin communities
By Maj. Joe Trovato | Jan. 22, 2021
GREENDALE, Wis. – Wisconsin’s first mobile vaccination teams began helping local health departments

U.S. Army Col. Eric Allely, Maryland National Guard state surgeon, observes a MDNG medical Soldier draw a COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe Jan. 18, 2020, at the Maryland State House, Annapolis, Md. Members from the MDNG Medical Detachment and 224th Medical Company Area Support administered the vaccines to Gov. Larry Hogan, Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford, their wives, and Maryland Deputy Health Secretary Dr. Jinlene Chan.
Maryland National Guard assisting with vaccinations
By Lt. Col. Wayde Minami | Jan. 22, 2021
MIDDLE RIVER, Md. – Maryland National Guard Mobile Vaccination Support Teams are working hard

The Saavedra family: Pvt. Jeremiah Shaw, Staff Sgt. Tanya Saavedra and 1st Sgt. Jason Saavedra. Tanya Saavedra enlisted in the New Mexico National Guard after 14 years in the Navy. Jason Saavedra is a 21-year veteran of the National Guard. Shaw, a 17-year-old high school senior, enlisted in the Guard at the end of his junior year.
New Mexico woman joins husband, son in National Guard
By Joseph Lacdan | Jan. 22, 2021
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Tanya Saavedra thought her days in the military had ended.During 14 years in the

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter, operated by Soldiers with Bravo Company, 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, flies over the 28th ECAB's area of operations in the Middle East during a routine flight mission. Soldiers with the 28th ECAB recently passed the midway point of their deployment.
Halfway through deployment, 28th ECAB remains focused
By Capt. Travis Mueller | Jan. 22, 2021
KUWAIT – Soldiers with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade recently passed the midway
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Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency, talks with Spc. Aaron Neuenschwander, health care specialist, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Jan. 20, 2021.
DHA director visits JBSA vaccination sites, discusses medical market certification
By Lori A. Bultman | Jan. 22, 2021
Joint Base San Antonio’s role in Operation Warp Speed, the whole-of-nation response to COVID-19, and ongoing vaccination efforts were the highlight of a visit by U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, this week.

Lt. Col. Derek McCafferty, 99th Flying Training Squadron director of operations, waves to retired Master Sgt. James Bynum, a documented Original Tuskegee Airman, during his 100th birthday celebration Jan. 9 at the Grandview Assisted Living Facility in San Antonio. To celebrate the milestone, the Tuskegee Airmen San Antonio Chapter held a drive-thru car parade where close to a 100 cars showed up to wish him a happy birthday.
99th FTS participates in Tuskegee Airman’s 100th birthday celebration
By Benjamin Faske | Jan. 22, 2021
Members from the 99th Flying Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph participated in a drive-through car parade Jan. 9 to honor the 100th birthday of retired Air Force Master Sgt. James Bynum, a documented Original Tuskegee Airman.

The OSD DOT&E Working Oversight List has been updated. CAC required to view.
By | Jan. 22, 2021
The OSD DOT&E Working Oversight List has been updated. CAC required to view.

Army Chief of Staff Discusses Arctic Strategy, Indo-Pacific Presence
By Sean Kimmons | Jan. 22, 2021
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Army recently completed a new Arctic strategy that aims to protect assets in

U.S. Ambassador Berry meets with PM Oli to Discuss Biden Priorities
U.S. Ambassador Berry Meets with Prime Minister Oli to Discuss Biden Priorities 
By | Jan. 22, 2021
U.S. Embassy in Nepal -- U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry met with Prime Minister K.P. Oli to