The intent of the Vermont National Guard's Honorary Commanders Program, in accordance with Air Force Manual 35-101, "Public Affairs Procedures," is to pair up VTNG senior leaders with community leaders who have limited or no knowledge about the Vermont National Guard, its mission, and its units at locations around the state.
Civilian participants will be selected from among non-federal elected or appointed officials, mayors, chamber of commerce-type group members, principals of local schools, Military Affairs Committee members, business leaders and others who, because of their position or influence in the community, can positively impact public support for the Vermont National Guard. Selected honorary commanders should represent a cross-section of the entire community.
Honorary Commanders should:
Honorary Commanders will not:
If selected, an honorary commander should be included in unit functions as much as possible, providing a hands-on experience in the program. They should be invited to be a part of their assigned unit and attend not only business functions such as unit ceremonies and meetings, but family functions as well, e.g., parties, unit picnics, and other such unit events.
The honorary commander will be invited (by the Public Affairs Office) to base-wide events such as awards ceremonies and changes of command. Honorary commanders may choose which they attend but should make every effort to be involved and attend at least one event per quarter. Attending additional events will help them gain knowledge and build a strong partnership with their military commander, unit personnel and the VTNG as a whole.
Honorary commanders should drop from the program if they feel they cannot actively engage with their unit commander. We understand mission comes first, so dropping from the program does not create a poor reflection of you or your organization.
All questions, concerns or issues about the overall program should be directed to the Vermont National Guard Public Affairs Office. Commitment and feedback is essential to the success of this program.
The program allows for frequent opportunities to visit the Vermont National Guard and learn about our mission, to participate in base functions and to express your views on issues of mutual concern.
This is an excellent way to gain a better understanding of the VTNG mission and build a partnership that can help our communities plan for and move into the future. If you’re interested and have time to commit to learning and becoming our voice in your community, this is the perfect place to start.
The VTNG Honorary Commander Program is a voluntary program with a maximum two-year term limit. It is designed to build and maintain solid, mutually beneficial partnerships between local communities and the VTNG. However, honorary commanders can resign or be dropped from the program at any time if the program is not a good fit.