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This image contains cropped photos of Vermont and Austria mountain ranges, with blended Vermont and Austrian flags, to represent the newly announced State Partnership Program initiative between Vermont and Austria, announced by the Defense Department Oct. 15, 2021. (Vermont Army National Guard photo illustration by Marcus Tracy)
Students from the Center for Technology Essex operate heavy equipment under supervision from Vermont National Guard Soldiers during a visit to the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, on Oct. 12, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Don Branum)
First Sgt. Mike Morin, construction operations NCO with Det. 1, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard, walks Natalie Kedzierski through operating a grader at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, on Oct. 12, 2021. Kadzierski and other students from the Center for Technology Essex visited CEATS to gain hands-on experience with heavy equipment. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Don Branum)
A student from the Center for Technology Essex uses an oxy-acetylene torch to cut a strip of metal at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, on Oct. 12, 2021. Students from CTE visited CEATS to gain hands-on experience with heavy equipment from Vermont Army National Guard Soldiers. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Dyllan Durham)
Sgt. 1st Class Courtney Weisert, NCO in charge of Team Central, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Vermont Army National Guard, hands out free lanyards and hand sanitizer to students from Center for Technology Essex during a visit to the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, on Oct. 12, 2021. Students from the Center for Technology Essex visited CEATS to gain hands-on experience with heavy equipment. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Dyllan Durham)
Engineer Soldiers assemble a barbed wire obstacle
Brendan Popp, Biological Science Technician with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services, releases a raccoon back into wild during a portion of the National Rabies Management Program (NRMP) at the Vermont Air National Guard base, South Burlington,  Vermont, July 15, 2021. The goal of the NRMP is to prevent the spread of rabies in wildlife by containing and eliminating the virus. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard Mekkri)
Vermont National Guard state force protection officers, mentored by Burlington Police Department patrol instructors respond to a simulated active shooter situation on September 26 at the Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, VT.  The event marked the first time state force protection officers from the Army and Air Guard trained together in active shooter response. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Joshua T. Cohen)
Soldier points out parts of new M17 pistol.
North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska speaks at a press conference on the steps of the Vermont State Capitol in Montpelier, Vermont, on Sept. 21, 2021. Also pictured are Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont's adjutant general, and Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Gray. This visit from North Macedonia continues work that began earlier this summer to build upon the Vermont National Guard’s near 30 year military partnership to include a whole-of-state partnership. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Don Branum)
U.S. Army Brig. General Gregory Knight, adjutant general of Vermont, meets with Lt. Col. Matt Walker, defense attaché assigned to North Macedonia for the United Kingdom at the Ministry of Defense in Skopje, North Macedonia Aug. 18, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gloria Kamencik)
Brig. Gen. Gregory Knight, Vermont adjutant general, presents North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska a Vermont Distinguished Service Medal at the Ministry of Defense in Skopje, North Macedonia, Aug. 18, 2021. Shekerinska received the award for being an outstanding and vital colleague for the State Partnership Program with the Vermont National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alvarez)
Members of the Vermont National Guard at the Vermont Medical Countermeasures Warehouse Sept. 18, 2020. Guard members continue to work at the site in September 2021, distributing COVID-19 vaccines and personal protective equipment throughout Vermont.
Soldiers and Airmen pose for a group photo
Silhouetted Soldier stands in front of sunset at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo
Members of the Vermont National Guard attend a celebration for Army Day at the Ministry of Defense in Skopje, North Macedonia, Aug. 18, 2021. The holiday commemorates the creation of the Mirče Acev battalion in 1943. The battalion laid the foundation of the People's Liberation Army of Macedonia that fought against the Axis forces during WWII.
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Brier, 158th Fighter Wing chapel operations NCO in charge, prepares to clear a building during the Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course, Aug. 26, 2021, at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont. The three-day training course was developed by 158th religious affairs and security forces Airmen as a crash course in weapons handling and familiarization, general security procedures, convoy operations and improvised explosive device recognition. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane Phipps)
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Brier, 158th Fighter Wing chapel operations NCO in charge, prepares to clear a building during the Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course, Aug. 26, 2021, at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont. The three-day training course was developed by 158th religious affairs and security forces Airmen as a crash course in weapons handling and familiarization, general security procedures, convoy operations and improvised explosive device recognition. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane Phipps)
Staff Sgt. Taylor Specht, 158th Fighter Wing chapel readiness NCOIC, and Tech. Sgt. Ryan Brier, 158th FW chapel operations NCOIC, provide simulated cover for Capt. Wilson Treftz, 158th FW chaplain, during the Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course.
Master Sgt. Warren Jones, 107th Attack Wing religious affairs Airman, and Capt. Jeff Bartz, 107th AW chaplain, exit a Humvee during the Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course, Aug. 26, 2021, at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont. The three-day course was developed by 158th religious affairs and security forces Airmen as a crash course in weapons handling and familiarization, general security procedures, convoy operations and improvised explosive device recognition.