The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) is composed of seven battalions made up of nearly 1,800 Vermonters and 4,250 total Soldiers. The brigade includes units in 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 (MTN) 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.
Aug. 4, 2021
Remembering the Code Talkers
RUTLAND NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY, Vermont —
National Navajo Code Talkers Day is Aug. 14, 2021. As the observance approaches, we should take a moment to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of the nearly 25,000 Native Americans who served in the Armed Forces during WWII. In the words of Signal Officer Maj. Howard Connor, “Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima.”
July 11, 2021
Vermont Soldiers arrive in Kosovo
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo —
Greetings from Kosovo!
After spending about two weeks at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Soldiers mainly from the Vermont National Guard once again packed up and moved out! We give a huge ‘thank you!’ to the full-time staff at JMRC for all their help preparing us for our mission in Kosovo. As we took the beautiful bus ride back to Nuremberg, Germany, we realized we were ready to fly to Pristina, Kosovo for our Kosovo Force (KFOR) 29 mission.
July 2, 2021
VTARNG Soldiers arrive in Germany
HOHENFELS, Germany —
Only weeks after a grueling year of COVID-19 support to Vermont and a month long mission to Washington, D.C. for Operation Capitol Response, over 900 Soldiers from the Vermont Army National Guard are now deployed across the globe in support of various missions fulfilling our federal missions.
June 28, 2021
Vaccination rates soar for deployed infantry battalion
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
The Jericho, Vermont, based 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) surpasses the average COVID-19 vaccination rate while deployed.
June 10, 2021
Vermont National Guard biathletes eye 2022 Beijing Olympics
CAMP JOHNSON, Vermont —
Three Vermont National Guard biathletes are training hard in anticipation of attending the 2022
Col. Leonard Poirier
1st Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment
572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion
186th Brigade Support Battalion
1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment
1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment