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Oct. 26, 2021

Task Force Avalanche Soldiers receive mailed donations

Soldiers with Task Force Avalanche, 3rd Battalion, 172 Infantry Regiment (Mountain), added mail room duties to their assignments throughout the month of September.

Oct. 21, 2021

Biathlon opportunities attract Washington native

Serving in a dual capacity, Pfc. Eli Nielsen’s days are fully occupied. An M-Day, 15 Tango, Black Hawk helicopter maintainer with Detachment 2, Charlie Company 1st Battalion 224th Aviation Regiment, Nielsen is also a member of the Guard’s Biathlon team.

Oct. 15, 2021

Vermont National Guard to add Austria as third State Partner

The Vermont National Guard will welcome the Republic of Austria as the third member of their State Partnership Program.

Oct. 13, 2021

Vermont Guard Soldiers introduce students to heavy equipment

The Center for Technology Essex has partnered with the Vermont National Guard for years to offer students hands-on vocational training, but a visit to the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site on Oct. 12 marked the first chance for an entire classroom of students to attend.

Aug. 28, 2021

Vermont Guard engineers provide input for new crew-served weapon's scope

Annual training for the Vermont Army National Guard’s Head and Headquarters Company, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion (Mountain) was a bit different this year as Soldiers were trained to use the new Family of Weapons Sight-Crew Served (FWS-CS) mounted on M2 .50 caliber heavy machine guns. During four days of live fire, from Aug. 17-20, those involved were asked to provide "Soldier Touchpoints," feedback used to refine the FWS-CS prior to an Army-wide deployment starting in 2023.

Aug. 27, 2021

Knight discusses Vermont Guard presence in Afghanistan

Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont’s adjutant general, discussed the Vermont Guard’s support for Operation Allies Refuge, the current effort in Kabul, Afghanistan, to evacuate U.S. personnel and at-risk Afghan civilians from the country, during an interview with NECN Boston Aug. 26.

Aug. 18, 2021

Vermont adjutant general releases statement on Afghanistan

Vermont's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, released a statement Aug. 18 in light of recent events in Afghanistan.

Aug. 17, 2021

A Soldier’s story: From Kenyan refugee camp to Vt. National Guard officer

For 2nd Lt. Abdimaik Hashi, newly commissioned in the Vermont National Guard, the road to commissioning as an officer began in 2016 when he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard. As a 19K armor crewman, Hashi initially drove M1 main battle tanks with A Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion-194th Armor Regiment.

Aug. 13, 2021

Soldiers, Airmen discuss structural competence, cultural humility

The Vermont National Guard invited Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila, a member of the Vermont Governor’s Racial Equity Task Force, to conduct a workshop on structural competence and cultural humility at the 158th Fighter Wing in South Burlington, Aug. 13.

Aug. 12, 2021

Regional Command - East conducts mass casualty, active shooter training

Regional Command – East conducted an active shooter exercise on Camp Bondsteel on Aug.12, 2021 to train Soldiers from a variety of sections with a variety of specialties to ensure readiness in the instance of a real-world active shooter. The exercise included active shooters, casualties, response from the joint operations center, civilian emergency responders, medical personnel, security details, and military police responses.

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Col. David Christensen, 142nd Maintenance Group commander, presents 142nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Staff Sgt. Mara Fenwick with a meritorious service medal for acts of bravery Feb. 25, 2024, at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. Fenwick and a fellow Airman intervened when a truck went off the road in Eastern Oregon in May 2023.
Oregon National Guard Airmen Recognized for Bravery
By Senior Airman Yuki Klein, | Feb. 28, 2024
PORTLAND AIR GUARD STATION, Ore. - In May, during a casual drive over a mountain toward Three Rivers Marina on Lake Billy Chinook, Staff Sgt. Mara Fenwick and Senior Airman Bailey Buck, both weapons loaders with the Portland...

U.S. Army Soldiers with the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade and Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa conduct pre-deployment drills with the Armed Forces of Djibouti’s Bataillon d'Intervention Rapide at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 22, 2024. The drills were completed to prepare for exercise Justified Accord, led by U.S Army Southern European Task Force, Africa.
US, African Partners Participate in Justified Accord Exercise
By Maj. Joe Legros, | Feb. 28, 2024
NAIROBI, Kenya - More than 1,000 personnel and units from 23 nations are participating in Justified Accord 2024, U.S. Africa Command’s largest exercise in East Africa, Feb. 26-March 7. Led by U.S. Army Southern European Task...

Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, congratulates Sgt. Maj. Tyson Bumgardner, a graduate of class 001-24 of the Sergeants Major Academy's distance learning course, during a ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 23, 2024. Whitehead addressed the distance learning graduates and participants of the 10-month resident course.
National Guard Enlisted Leader Speaks to Sergeant Major Students
By Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Pena, | Feb. 28, 2024
FORT BLISS, Texas - Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, spoke to the Army’s latest class of graduating sergeants major at the United States Army Sergeants...

U.S. Army and Air National Guard members of the State Partnership Program discuss plans to integrate efforts with Adriatic partner nations at the National Aerospace Research and Technology Park, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, Jan. 24, 2024. By linking U.S. states with partner countries, the SPP enhances military capabilities and interoperability.
State Partnership Directors Share Tips on Adriatic Partnerships
By Lt. Col. Agneta Murnan, | Feb. 28, 2024
ATLANTIC CITY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.J. - State Partnership Program directors of the state National Guards partnered with the Adriatic charter nations shared best practices during a conference hosted by the New Jersey...

A member of the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron holds their position with a simunition modified M4 during training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Wash., Feb. 6, 2024. Their training, Operation Sulaco, consisted of two days of refresher trainings covering static line parachuting and small team tactics.
Air National Guard Unit Trains for any Situation
By Joseph Siemandel, | Feb. 27, 2024
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – When U.S. Army Special Forces enter dangerous situations, they often aren’t alone.“Our job as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) or Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) is to integrate with the Army...