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April 12, 2022

Vermont Soldier describes career path as 'a good unexpected'

For U.S. Army Sgt. Avah Eaton joining the Vermont Army National Guard brought many unexpected results. Among them, included applying for and accepting an offer to serve full-time in a human resources capacity with 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain). Recently returning from a deployment to Southwest Asia, Eaton reenlisted when offered the Active Guard Reserve position.

April 11, 2022

Off Duty Airman Saves Stranger's Life

On Monday, April 4, 2022, Tech. Sgt. Norman Losh, a member of the 158th Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, sprang to action. Losh looked over and noticed an elderly gentleman who appeared to be choking and rushed to his side.

April 1, 2022

Vermont Guard Soldiers hone mountain skills with Saudi Arabian Special Forces

For the first time, a conventional U.S. Army National Guard unit conducted training with Royal Saudi Land Forces Special Forces Instructors at the Royal Saudi Land Forces Mountain Warfare School.

March 30, 2022

Vermont National Guard, Senegalese air force conduct aviation exchange

Vermont Army National Guard rotary-wing representatives with 86th Troop Command took part in an aviation exchange with Senegalese Air Force helicopter pilots as part of the State Partnership Program in Dakar, Senegal, March 13-19.

March 29, 2022

Vermont National Guard Military Police provide inner-base security while deployed

From March to November 2021, 33 Vermont National Guard Military Police Soldiers of the 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment conducted a law enforcement and inner-base security mission at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania.

March 21, 2022

VTANG night ops scheduled

The Vermont Air National Guard will conduct night flying March 22-25 and from March 29 to April 1, with two takeoff periods.

March 18, 2022

Vermont Guardsmen take part in combined extreme cold weather exercise in Canada

A small group of Vermont Army National Guard Soldiers made a cold and wintery trek into the Canadian wilderness starting at the end of February.

March 14, 2022

86th IBCT (MTN) completes KFOR mission

The 29th U.S. deployment to Kosovo Force (KFOR) is at an end, and with it comes reflection and a glance at what is next. For the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), the sky is the limit.

March 10, 2022

12 Days in August: Vermont Guardsmen reflect on Operation Allies Refuge

When Spc. Ryan Moon and Spc. Riley Benoit deployed to Southwest Asia with Task Force Avalanche, the mortarmen did not anticipate a 12-day mission in Afghanistan, taking part in the evacuation of thousands as part of Operation Allies Refuge.

March 3, 2022

Soldier Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Claire Johnson

When Staff Sgt. Claire Johnson, a combat medic, joined the New York Army National Guard, she did not anticipate the course her military career would take. “I originally enlisted in the New York Army National Guard when I was 17, right out of high school,” Johnson explained. “My dad was in the military, so he always pushed me in that direction, I never really knew I wanted to be in the Army, I knew I wanted to be in the medical field first.”

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Chief Master Sgt. Caleb Guthemiller, far left, 141st Fatality Search and Rescue Recovery, assists in training Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency personnel in high-angle rope rescue during a simulated search and rescue scenario as part of exercise Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 7, 2022. Gobi Wolf is a multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement between military components of the government of Mongolia and U.S. Army Pacific.
Alaska National Guard, Partner Mongolia Join Gobi Wolf Exercise
By Victoria Granado, | Oct. 5, 2022
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - The Alaska National Guard and Mongolia participated in Gobi Wolf 2022, an international exercise focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, in Bayankhongor Province,...

Sgt. Eduardo Martinez, a military police officer with the Puerto Rico National Guard's 225th Military Police Company Law Enforcement Detachment, works with his Honduran Armed Forces counterpart to sign visitors into Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras Sept. 14, 2022. The 225th military police have partnered with Honduran forces at Soto Cano Air Base for more than 10 years.
Puerto Rico Guard Provides Security for Honduran Partners
By Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes, | Oct. 5, 2022
SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – Puerto Rico National Guard military police have provided security alongside their Honduran Armed Forces partners at Soto Cano Air Base for over 10 years, enabling Joint Task Force Bravo, the...

U.S. Army Sgt. Braxton Farmen, 740th Transportation Company, South Dakota Army National Guard, assembles a weapon during the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion’s first Best Squad Competition at Dakota Nature Park in Brookings, S.D., Sept. 11, 2022. The competition challenged seven squads of Soldiers from each of the 152nd's associated units mentally, physically and technically using multiple tasks focused on core Soldier skills.
South Dakota’s 152nd CSSB Hosts Best Squad Competition
By Staff Sgt. Oscar Valdez, | Oct. 4, 2022
BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Army National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion hosted its first Best Squad Competition Sept. 11, bringing together Soldiers from all the battalion’s associated units for...

Col. Eric Leckel, commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, speaks during a formal sendoff ceremony Sept. 30, 2022, in downtown Milwaukee. Approximately 280 Soldiers from the brigade’s headquarters company and 357th Signal Company will support Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa to enhance partnerships and stability in the region.
Wisconsin Army Guard Prepares for Africa deployment
By Vaughn R. Larson, | Oct. 4, 2022
MILWAUKEE – Col. Eric Leckel, commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, told 280 deploying Soldiers and their families and friends about the historic nature of their upcoming Africa...

Indiana National Guard Soldiers with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team pause for a moment of reflection during their departure ceremony at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh Sept. 30, 2022. The Soldiers are deploying to Kosovo.
Hoosier Guardsmen Depart Indiana for Kosovo Deployment
By Master Sgt. Jeff Lowry, | Oct. 4, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS - Approximately 300 Indiana National Guard members with the 38th Infantry Division’s 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team said goodbye to family and friends during a Camp Atterbury ceremony Sept. 30.The Soldiers are...