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June 1, 2022

Vermont National Guard holds Memorial Day ceremony

On May 26, 2022, the VTNG held a Memorial Day ceremony at Camp Johnson in Colchester, Vermont. The occasion marked the second time the ceremony was conducted at the Fallen Hero’s Memorial’s new site, a location accessible to the public. In attendance, Vermont’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight was joined by Vermont’s Lt. Governor Molly Gray, Vermont Gold Star families, and veterans.

May 27, 2022

Vt. director of joint staff retires

The Vermont National Guard director of joint staff retired May 26, 2022, in a ceremony held at the Green Mountain Armory. Brig. Gen. David Manfredi served for 34 years both on active duty, with the 10th Mountain Division, and in the Army National Guard in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and for the past 17 years in the VTNG.

May 20, 2022

Vermont Guard demonstrates rotary-wing capabilities for Austrian delegation

On May 12, a day after representatives from the Vermont National Guard and the Republic of Austria formally entered into a State Partner Program, Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner and staff were provided with rotary-wing flight demonstrations at Camp Johnson, the Vermont National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Colchester, Vermont.

May 18, 2022

Guard Biathletes receive medals for Olympic showing

On May 14, four Vermont Army National Guard soldiers, members of the National Guard Biathlon Program, received medals and recognition for their participation on the US Biathlon Olympic Team during the 2022 Olympics held last February in Beijing.

May 11, 2022

Vermont National Guard, Austria formally recognize partnership

Representatives from the Vermont National Guard and the Republic of Austria formally entered into a partnership May 11 at 2 p.m. Though work between the Austrian military and the Vermont National Guard is not new, the ceremony marked the formal beginning under the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.

May 10, 2022

Vermont Guard to support training exercise Swift Response 22

More than 120 Vermont Army National Guard Soldiers will participate in training exercise Swift Response 22 in North Macedonia from May 11 to 17. Exercise Swift Response is an annual U.S. Army Europe and Africa multinational training exercise that takes place this year in Eastern Europe, the Arctic High North, Baltics, and Balkans from May 2-24.

May 4, 2022

Meet Vt. Guard’s new substance abuse prevention coordinator

Eliminating the stigma around seeking mental health services is a goal for John Brutzman, the Vermont Guard’s new substance abuse prevention coordinator. “When I started this job, I would often hear that a solider could get trouble for seeking psychological health services, it’s just not the case, and I would like to see that stigma eradicated,” he said.

April 29, 2022

VTANG honors deploying Airmen, families

The Vermont Air National Guard held a deployment ceremony April 28 to recognize the sacrifices of Airmen and their families ahead of the 158th Fighter Wing’s deployment to Europe.“There are not words to tell you how immensely

April 26, 2022

Vt. Guard hosts Level II Military Funeral Honors Train-the-Trainer certification

From April 4-15, 12 Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Soldiers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York and Vermont took part in a Level- II MFH Train-the-Trainer certification course at Camp Johnson in Colchester. This marked the first time the Vermont National Guard has ever hosted this certification course.

April 20, 2022

Vt. Guardsman earns master instructor badge

Staff Sgt. Andrew Fryburg, chief instructor at the 124th Regimental Training Institute’s modular training battalion was awarded the Master Instructor Badge on April 19, 2022. During the ceremony, Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, remarked, “there are fewer that 100 Master Instructors across the Army, so that should give you an idea of the scope of this undertaking and the significance of the award, you are building the future leaders of the US Army.”

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Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with multinational troops supporting a NATO mission, Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 16, 2022.
Three Nations, One Goal: Continued Freedom
By Master Sgt. Jim Greenhill, | June 24, 2022
VILNIUS, Lithuania – Three Baltic nations are laser-focused on one goal: defending their independence and territorial integrity.The chief of the National Guard Bureau heard the same message in visits to each country, part of...

New York Air National Guard Airmen who were part of a 2017 mission to save two badly burned crewmen on board the Slovenian bulk carrier Tamar pose with a painting commemorating the mission during an awards ceremony June 4, 2022, at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, New York.
New York Air Guardsmen Recognized for Dramatic Rescue
By Staff Sgt. Kevin Donaldson, | June 24, 2022
WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. – On April 24, 2017, seven Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing jumped into the night sky over the Atlantic, 1,700 miles from Long Island.Their mission was to provide...

Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers familiarize themselves with the M2 machine gun during an Exportable Combat Training Capabilities exercise June 22, 2022, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The exercise included some 4,400 brigade personnel from throughout Georgia.
Georgia Army Guard Hones Readiness at XCTC Exercise
By Pfc. Katlynn Pickle, | June 24, 2022
FORT STEWART, Ga. – Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 177th Brigade Engineer Battalion familiarized themselves with M2 and M249 machine guns and M4A1 carbines during an Exportable Combat Training...

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah Army National Guard, and Soldiers from the Royal Moroccan Army train in a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force operations center as part of exercise African Lion 2022. AL22 is U.S. Africa Command's largest, premier, joint, combined annual exercise hosted by Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, and Tunisia June 6 - 30.
Utah National Guard Joins African Lion Exercise in Morocco
By Maj. Brent Mangum, | June 24, 2022
AGADIR, Morocco – Soldiers and Airmen from the Utah National Guard began arriving in Morocco June 14 to participate in African Lion 2022.African Lion is U.S. Africa Command’s largest, premier, joint, combined annual exercise...

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Gebremariam, a services Airman with the 118th Force Support Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, Tennessee. Gebremariam, a refugee from Eritrea, gained his U.S. citizenship through the Air Guard.
A Refugee’s Journey to the Tennessee Air National Guard
By Staff Sgt. Jordan Harwood, | June 24, 2022
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Airman John Gebremariam, a services specialist with the 118th Force Support Squadron, is living a life he couldn’t imagine as a young man: going to school to become an aviation mechanic and serving...