Maj. Gen. Greg Knight requested assistance from the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations in November 2019 to provide a detailed assessment of the Vermont National Guard's command climate and systems, with the end state of improving the Vermont National Guard and ensuring the governor's and adjutant general's priorities are being implemented. Specifically, Knight requested that the assessment team:
The OCI Assessment Team conducted an assessment from Jan. 10 to April 30, 2020. The Team conducted a thorough review of all items above and the action that resulted. They met with key leadership within the Vermont National Guard, as well as civilian and military leaders across Vermont's joint, Army, and Air organizations. Most importantly, they met with victims, complainants, service members, leaders, advocates, and champions for the programs they represent.
In conjunction with an organization-wide Defense Equal Opportunity Command Climate Survey, the review enabled the Team to holistically evaluate these programs and the command's implementation of these programs, leading to the findings and recommendations contained in their report.
The Team determined that the command climate and culture within the VTNG is generally sound, though there is room for improvement. Many of the issues of misconduct identified by the leadership were confirmed by the Assessment team. There are instances of misconduct and poor treatment of subordinates, which appear to arise primarily from the technician/full-time workforce within both the Army and Air National Guard elements of the VTNG. The team noted a lack of adequate full-time senior Non-Commissioned Officer oversight within the VTNG and the absence of properly functioning equal opportunity and SAPR processes within the VTNG generally.