The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) is composed of seven battalions making up 1,789 Vermonters and 4,248 total Soldiers. The brigade spreads throughout six states, including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Colorado. The brigade's mission is to provide a crewed, trained, and ready mountain ICBT capable of deploying anywhere in the world, under any climactic conditions, to conduct decisive action when directed by appropriate command authority. On order, the 86th ICBT provides a trained and ready force capable of responding in support of civil, federal, and domestic response as directed by the state adjutant general and governor.
April 26, 2018
Meet Your Guard: Capt. Loren Gosselin
MOUNT ROLLAND TRAINING SITE, Senegal —
This edition of Meet Your Guard focuses on Capt. Loren Gosselin, a 12A engineer officer, with Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (MountaIn), who is also a native of St. Albans, Vt., and currently living in Jamesville, N.Y. Gosselin worked with the Senegalese Army to build and repair a firing range in Senegal.
Feb. 16, 2018
Meet your Guard: 1st Lt. John Helme
CAMP JOHNSON, Vt. —
This edition of Meet Your Guard focuses on 1st Lt. John C. Helme, a signal officer, with 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), who is also a native of Barre, Vt., and currently lives in Burlington, Vt. Helme teaches math at Colchester Middle School.
Meet your Guard: Sgt. Peter Shepardson
CAMP JOHNSON, Vt. —
This edition of Meet Your Guard focuses on Sgt. Peter Shepardson, a 91B wheeled-vehicle mechanic, with Bravo Company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), who is also a native of Essex Junction, Vt., and currently lives in Westford, Vt. Shepardson has served in the Vermont National Guard for three years.
Jan. 27, 2018
National Guard Biathlon Regionals Held in Vermont
CAMP ETHAN ALLEN TRAINING SITE, Vt. —
National Guardsmen from 24 states competed in their respective Regional Biathlon Competitions at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont. Biathlon consists of target shooting and ski racing. Competitors, ranging from novice to master, are divided into west, central, and east regions.
July 18, 2017
86th IBCT (MTN) finishes warfighter exercise
FORT DRUM, N.Y. —
The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, conducted a warfighter exercise held from June 3-14. The exercise is a tactical operations drill designed to train brigade staff using a simulation with the Army’s Command Post of the Future, a software system that enables commanders to see the battlefield and communicate across the force. The brigade was at Fort Drum to facilitate the exercise.
Col. Brey Hopkins
1st Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment
86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion
186th Brigade Support Battalion
1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment
1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment