An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Article View
News | Aug. 29, 2022

186th BSB conducts annual training at Camp Dodge, Iowa

By Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alvarez Vermont National Guard Public Affairs

The Vermont Army National Guard’s 186th Brigade Support Battalion completed its annual training at the Army National Guard Sustainment Training Center (STC) at Camp Dodge, Iowa, July 31-Aug. 13.

The 186th BSB’s mission is to provide logistical support to its parent unit, the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain). That support is diverse and includes supply distribution, field maintenance, and medical support. The BSB is multifunctional and has a headquarters company that provides command and control, administrative support, and logistical support to the 86th IBCT. There is also a distribution company, a field maintenance company, a medical support company, and a forward support company. Planning and moving the entire BSB to Camp Dodge is a practical logistics operation in itself.

“The focus was on refresher classes for our EMT training on the civilian side, and also the 68W training for the combat medic mission,” said Spc. Sophia Parker, a 68 Whiskey Combat Medic with Charlie Medical, 186th BSB. “During the second week, we put that training into action. We conducted a medical training exercise where we set up a role two medical center in a simulated combat environment and began patient evacuation operations. We were able to evacuate live simulated patients from the point of injury to our medical center for stabilization and then evacuate them to a higher level of care. It was really great training and an opportunity to build morale and unit cohesiveness.”

The medical staff was joined by Soldiers from North Macedonia, one of the Vermont National Guard’s State Partners as part of the State Partnership Program. The Soldiers from North Macedonia are part of a medical company that has a similar mission to the 186th.

Maj. Kimberly Holbrook, Commander of Charlie Medical, explains that the Soldiers from North Macedonia were able to fully integrate into their unit for the exercises.

“Each Soldier would fall into a position similar to that of their organic company back in North Macedonia. For example, the provider will fill one of our provider's roles, the evacuation medic would fill an evacuation slot, and so on. This allowed the MKD to fully participate in our activities,” said Holbrook.

The Sustainment Training Center provides training for more than the medics of the 186th. There’s training for all the elements of the BSB, supply and distribution, forward support, maintenance, and other technical training.

“We were set up a command post, then initiated LOGPAC operations resupplying water, fuel, and other supplies while in a tactical environment,” said Lt. James Kelley from Alpha Company of the 186th. “It’s great training in a situation we don’t normally get to train in. It was great for our Soldiers, great for Alpha Company, and great training. We had a really good time.” The training that the BSB can get at the STC at Camp Dodge is more comprehensive than the training they can perform at home station in Vermont. Sgt. Maj. Melinda Crosby explains.

"Mission essential tasks and key collective tasks are performed with hands-on MOS specific training and use actual equipment, realistic and performance sensitive mannequins, and tactical environments to encompass the Unified Land Operations concept."

Vermont National Guard News
Vermont National Guard scores high following review of sexual assault program
By Maj. Scott Detweiler | Sept. 26, 2022
The Vermont National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program has received a favorable assessment from a National Guard Bureau (NGB) Site Assessment Team...

State tuition benefit opens career pathways
By Don Branum | Sept. 23, 2022
Staff Sgt. Joseph Poley is expanding his career options thanks to a law passed in May that provides Guardsmen with up to $16,000 in tuition benefits for Vermont state colleges.Poley, a paralegal NCO with the Vermont National...

Vermont National Guard takes steps to prevent interpersonal violence
By Don Branum | Sept. 23, 2022
The Vermont National Guard is moving forward with a program to closely analyze and improve its climate, in line with Department of Defense initiatives to revamp the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program...

Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont Adjutant General, hosted 12 members of the Vermont Legislature for a tour of the Ethan Allen Firing Range on Sept. 20, in Jericho, Vermont. Legislators received an information brief from range control, visited the new Army Mountain Warfare School facility, observed AMWS training, and met with members of the Vermont National Guard Biathlon Team. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Mikel Arcovitch)
Vermont National Guard holds distinguished visitor day for legislators
By Capt. Mikel Arcovitch | Sept. 22, 2022
Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont’s adjutant general, hosted 12 Vermont legislators during a tour of the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont, on Sept. 20, 2022.Legislators received a brief from Range Control, a tour of...

Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont's adjutant general, presents a coin to Ralph McClintock during the POW/MIA Day observance at Camp Johnson, Vermont, on Sept. 16, 2022. POW/MIA Day is observed the third Friday of September to honor veterans who were held as prisoners of war or who were missing in action. McClintock, one of 83 Sailors aboard the U.S.S. Pueblo when North Korean forces captured the ship, was held hostage by the North Korean army for 11 months.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Don Branum)
Vermont Guard honors MIAs, former POWs
By Don Branum | Sept. 16, 2022
The Vermont National Guard and Vermont State Guard held a ceremony Sept. 16 at Camp Johnson, Vermont, to honor former prisoners of war and those missing in action, including three former POWs from World War II and a former...