Vermont National Guard Logo News
Articles
News | March 29, 2022

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

By Joshua Cohen Vermont National Guard Public Affairs

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.

According to Staff Sgt. Zachary Hunt, this was the first military police-orientated mission in the 12 years he has been in the Guard.

“It was beneficial enhancing our military police capabilities here in the state,” said Hunt, who is the readiness training non-commissioned officer for the 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment.

Hunt said that Soldiers had responsibility for inner-base security. During shifts, Soldiers patrolled the base on foot and in SUVs marked and modified for military police activity.

“A lot of it was community policing, the day-to-day operation of patrolling the roads, responding to phone calls, and we did some training exercises with the fire department,” said Hunt. “Basically making sure everyone on the base was safe and we had no issues.”

Pointing out deployment highlights, Hunt said they developed and implemented standard operating procedures for base access, conducted joint patrols, and performed law enforcement operations.

“We also worked with Canadian military police to develop common operating procedures as well conducted ground defense exercises when they were at the base, we also had our meals mostly with Canadians at the foreign forces mess hall,” Hunt said.

Hunt said that during their deployment, U.S., Canadian, and U.K. Soldiers received certification in active-shooter threat response, ground defense tactics, and the evasive vehicle operation course.

“This deployment gave our Soldiers a lot of experience in community policing, interacting with people, using interpersonal skills to defuse a situation,” said Hunt while reflecting on the overseas tour. “I worked the physical security base access portion, a lot of my job was interacting with the Romanian security manager and that was the best part, building a relationship was a big thing.”

National Guard News
U.S. Airmen with the Indiana Air National Guard, and Slovak armed forces personnel trained together Feb. 22, 2022, at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The joint training built on a more than 25-year partnership under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
National Guard Leaders Emphasize Value of State Partnership Program
By Sgt. 1st Class Zach Sheely, | June 3, 2022
ARLINGTON, Va. – The adjutants general from California, Florida, Nebraska and Vermont discussed the value of the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program during a media roundtable June 2.The true...

Blindfolded competitors are taken on a boat to an island during the Region VII Best Warrior Competition on Guam May 26, 2022. The annual competition featured the best noncommissioned officer and Soldier from Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The winners move on to the national competition in July.
Utah National Guardsman is regional Soldier of the Year
By Staff Sgt. Jordan Hack, | June 3, 2022
GUAM – Seven states and the territory of Guam sent their strongest, fittest and most capable Soldiers to compete in the Region VII Best Warrior Competition on Guam, May 23-26. The competition crowned a new Soldier of the Year...

Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery Regiment, 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, drive M109A6 Paladins, M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicles, and M572 Armored Mortar Carriers from the Army Prepositioned Stock  area to their cantonment area May 10, 2022, in Pabrade, Lithuania. The Soldiers deployed to Lithuania in May to support Defender Europe 22 and NATO exercise Flaming Thunder.
Pennsylvania Army National Guard supports Defender Europe 22
By Staff Sgt. Zane Craig, | June 3, 2022
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – About 250 Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldiers deployed to Lithuania in May to support Defender Europe 22 and NATO exercise Flaming Thunder. The Soldiers, assigned to 1st Battalion, 109th Field...

Staff Sgt. Travis Mattoon, Stryker Leaders Course instructor from 1st Battalion, 205th Regional Training Institute, Washington Army National Guard, instructs Royal Thai Army officers on the remote weapons system of a Stryker combat vehicle.
Guard, Royal Thai Army Take Part in Stryker Leaders' Course
By Joseph Siemandel, | June 2, 2022
YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER, Wash. – Through 20 years of partnership, the Washington National Guard and the Royal Thai Armed Forces have shared knowledge and best practices on many topics. The latest exchange was the first of its...

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Roy Wollgast, an 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, completes an obstacle during the French Desert Commando Course at Arta Range, Djibouti, April 26, 2022. Since 2015, the French Forces stationed in Djibouti have invited U.S. service members with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier to participate in the course.
National Guardsmen complete French Desert Commando Course
By Senior Airman Blake Wiles, | June 2, 2022
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI – French Armed Forces stationed in Djibouti alongside U.S. service members with Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa completed the four phases of the grueling French Desert Commando Course...