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Feb. 3, 2022

Schedule released for Vermont National Guard Olympic biathletes

Vermont National Guard Olympic biathletes will compete in televised events Feb. 5-16, with possibilities to compete on Feb. 18 and 19, National Guard Biathlon training officials announced Feb. 3. Most events will be televised live in the early morning hours on NBC Sports and on www.peacocktv.com, with rebroadcast on USA Network later in the day.

Jan. 11, 2022

Vermont Guardsman rescues three from a frozen lake on Christmas day

Immediate action by Vermont National Guard Staff Sgt. John Hampson on Christmas Day, 2021, “very likely saved the lives of three people,” according to U.S. Navy Reserve Cmdr. Jordan Gottfried.

Jan. 11, 2022

Vermont National Guard Soldiers make 2022 Olympic Biathlon Team

Three Vermont National Guard biathletes will compete in the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing as part of the U.S. Biathlon Team with an additional member named as the men’s alternate.

Jan. 6, 2022

Meet Jordan Imhoff: Vermont Guard’s new psychological health coordinator

The Vermont National Guard has a new psychological health coordinator. In October 2021 Jordan Imhoff was hired for the position. Imhoff previously served as the Vermont National Guard Alcohol and Drug Control Officer in the Behavioral Services Office.

Dec. 23, 2021

Newest 186th command sergeant major seeks to grow Soldiers’ potential

The newest command sergeant major for the 186th Brigade Support Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), might not have served beyond her first enlistment if not for a couple of non-commissioned officers who saw her potential and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Now, Command Sgt. Maj. Melinda Crosby wants to help bring out the potential in the Soldiers in her unit.

Dec. 21, 2021

Vermont Army Guard hosts mountain warfare course in Djibouti

Five U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School instructors with the Vermont Army National Guard traveled to Djibouti to teach a five-day Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course to service members from France’s 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment (5e RIAOM) at the Arta Range Complex Dec. 12-16.

Dec. 17, 2021

The Vermont National Guard in 2021: Looking back on a busy year

In 2021 the Vermont National Guard fully engaged both federal and state missions. Overseas deployments and Joint Task Force Coyote, a critical component of the State’s response to the COVID-19, resulted in a high operational tempo, one not experienced in past years.

Nov. 30, 2021

Vermont Guard bids farewell to director of military support

Col. Randall Gates retired from the Vermont Army National Guard on Nov. 30, ending a 38-year military career. Prior to his retirement Gates was the Director of Military Support.

Nov. 19, 2021

Vermont Guard's senior chief warrant officer retires

Chief Warrant Officer 5 James M. Woodworth will retire from the Vermont National Guard on Nov. 23, after more than 40 years of service.

Nov. 17, 2021

JTF Coyote begins pediatric COVID-19 clinics as adult booster vaccination numbers increase

The Vermont National Guard now supports the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic with vaccinations for youth in the 5 to 11 age group and booster clinics for the general adult population.

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N.Y. Air National Guard Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., package a “patient,” an advanced medical simulation dummy, for transport at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, May 5, 2022. The combat medics of the 106th Medical Group participated in their first military facility annual training since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
106th Medical Group gets hands-on training in Alaska
By Staff Sgt. Daniel Farrell, | May 19, 2022
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA - Thirty-four New York Air National Guard Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group trained in Alaska alongside their Active Air Force counterparts May 1-15.The Airmen traveled...

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jilayne Michelsen, a command post controllerassigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, shares the story of her darkest hours, her mental health diagnosis and overcoming the stigma of seeking help. Michelsen hopes her story will help others know they are not alone and will seek help when needed.
A matter of life or death: seeking help for mental health
By Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, | May 19, 2022
SWANTON, Ohio – “I was highly suicidal and I told my husband that if he didn’t take me to the hospital, I wasn’t going to continue to live.”For Tech. Sgt. Jilayne Michelsen, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter...

The Alaska Air National Guard, 168th Wing, generated combat readiness training as the lead tanker task force refueling Red Flag-Alaska 22-1 April 28 to May 13. The wing provided combat interoperability opportunities to approximately 2,200 service members from three nations, maintaining and supporting more than 90 aircraft and over 25 units.
Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Wing refuels Red Flag
By Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey, | May 19, 2022
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – There is no need to stop for gas when the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Wing delivers. Airmen of the 168th Wing led a tanker task force refueling Red Flag-Alaska 22-1, enabling joint and...

Five of the 135 Soldiers of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Alabama National Guard, hold their birthday cards for the last known surviving Tuskegee Airman, Sgt. Victor Butler, who turns 100 May 21, 2022. Left to right, Sgt. 1st Class Brian Lynd, Lt. Col. Joel Traweek, Sgt. 1st Class Willie Vandiver, Capt. Jeremy Barrett, and Sgt. 1st Class Carnard McCalpine.
Deployed Guard unit honors Tuskegee Airman on 100th birthday
By Capt. Joshua Sik, | May 18, 2022
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Sgt. Victor Butler, the last known surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, celebrates his 100th birthday May 21. His only request was for birthday cards, and the Alabama National Guard’s 135th...

Brig. Gen. Dan Kuwali of the Malawi Defense Force with Kentucky National Guard Cols. Jason Shepherd and Joyce Gordon April 22, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky. Kuwali was invited by the pair to speak to Kentucky National Guard’s staff judge advocates about the opportunities for the United States to use soft power in Africa to balance China's engagements on the continent.
Malawi Defense Force JAG visits Kentucky National Guard
By Sgt. Jessica Elbouab, | May 17, 2022
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Soldiers with the Kentucky National Guard’s legal team hosted Brig. Gen. Dan Kuwali of the Malawi Defense Force for a two-day visit that included a tour of the Kentucky State Capitol and presentations to...