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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 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 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 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.”

Feb. 23, 2022

National Guard to back law enforcement at DC demonstrations

As many as 700 members of the National Guard will be available to help local law enforcement during First Amendment demonstrations expected in the nation’s capital.Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III approved requests from

Feb. 16, 2022

Adjutant general issues biannual update: Feb. 2022

Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, the state adjutant general, released the Vermont National Guard's legislative update on Feb. 14.

Feb. 9, 2022

VTNG leaders discuss hot topics in Facebook live town hall

Vermont National Guard senior leaders answered questions related to mental health treatment and education benefits and discussed updates within the Guard during a Facebook Live town hall event Feb. 8.

National Guard News
National Guard Conducts Patriot Exercise in Mississippi
By Maj. Sabrina Dalton, | Feb. 22, 2024
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – The National Guard conducted a disaster readiness exercise with state and county emergency management agencies and industry partners Feb. 18-22.PATRIOT is a joint, interagency exercise sponsored by the...

Mongolian Colonel Visits Arctic Security Center, Alaska Partners
By Amber Kurka, | Feb. 22, 2024
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Col. T. Galbadrakh, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces, visited the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies Feb. 14 in a step toward increased...

Pennsylvania Guard Takes Over Horn of Africa Security Mission
By Sgt. Jalen Miller, | Feb. 21, 2024
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Task Force Paxton assumed control over the security mission in East Africa from Task Force Tomahawk during a Feb. 10 transfer of authority ceremony.Task Force...

Missouri Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing Executes 41-hour Sortie
By Michael Crane, | Feb. 20, 2024
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The 139th Airlift Wing has set a new milestone by pushing the boundaries of the C-130H Hercules aircraft. From Feb. 13-15, multiple aircrews flew a mission in which the aircraft’s cumulative flight time was...

Guam Air Guard Security Forces Join Cope North Exercise
By Mark Scott, | Feb. 20, 2024
BARRIGADA, Guam – About 20 Airmen from the Guam Air National Guard’s 254th Security Forces Squadron “Defenders” are on active duty to secure fighter jets operating from Guam International Airport during the Cope North 24...