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Jan. 25, 2024

Vermont National Guard and Austria forge ahead with new initiatives in the State Partnership Program

In a significant demonstration of support for the strengthening relationship between the Vermont National Guard and Austria, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, joined Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, The Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard, and Brig. Gen. Tracy Poirier, Director of the Joint Staff, in key meetings with the Austrian Bundesheer leadership.

Nov. 3, 2023

Vermont Army National Guard Soldier Volunteers for Deployment in Poland

Soldiers who actively seek additional deployment opportunities often do so for various reasons. For U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Andrew Campagne, Vermont Army National Guard, the reason was simple. “I honestly like being on active duty.” Campagne explained, “Throughout my time in the National Guard I’ve always volunteered for deployments or State Partnership Program missions. I was on the Task Force Avalanche 21 deployment to Saudi Arabia, and while there, I was trolling for another deployment on the Tour of Duty website. I applied for a position as Operations Sgt. Maj. with V Corps in Poland, and I got a phone call from the V Corps Command Sergeant Major, and two months later I was here.”

Oct. 5, 2023

North Macedonia hosts US-Adriatic Charter Conference

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont adjutant general, and leaders from seven other U.S. states joined their partner nation Chiefs of Defense (CHoD) for the 26th US-Adriatic Charter Chiefs of Defense Conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, on September 27.

Sept. 27, 2023

Vermont National Guard delegation visits North Macedonia

Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, the Adjutant General for the Vermont National Guard, and a delegation of Vermonter Soldiers and Airmen kicked off their visit to North Macedonia at the U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Defense in Skopje on September 25.

Aug. 15, 2023

Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Wins Excellence in Diversity Award

Vermont National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight was selected as recipient for the Fiscal Year 2022 Individual Army National Guard – National Guard Excellence in Diversity Award.

July 21, 2023

Vermont Army National Guard promotes first female to Brigadier General

Col. Tracey Poirier will become the first female promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the history of the Vermont Army National Guard during a ceremony at Camp Johnson on Wednesday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m.

July 19, 2023

Vermont Airmen and Soldiers Assist After Historic Flooding

Floodwaters caused historic and catastrophic devastation throughout the state of Vermont during the course of two days beginning Monday, July, 10th 2023. Montpelier, Vermont’s capital city, was battered by a record setting 5.28 inches of rainfall on Monday alone — more than any other day on record. This week, the Vermont National Guard was activated to action to assess the damage.

July 18, 2023

U.S. Marines Assist Vermont Woman During Flash Floods

Two U.S. Marines assist a woman with a flat tire during flash floods as the flood water rises near her vehicle.

July 18, 2023

Vermont National Guard Delivers Water as Part of Flood Relief

In response to the recent floods that struck several towns in Vermont, 186th Brigade Support Battalion Soldiers stepped up to provide critical aid. On July 13-14, the battalion delivered approximately 70,000 liters of water, contained in 92 pallets, to the towns of Marshfield, Morrisville, Woodstock, and Ludlow, ensuring that essential supplies reached the affected communities.

July 12, 2023

Vermont National Guard and Urban Search and Rescue Teams Assist in Flood Response Efforts

The Vermont National Guard Soldiers quick reaction force worked with North Carolina and Massachusetts urban search and rescue teams to rescue and relocate 27 people and their pets in Cambridge.

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Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, left, stands for a photo with Gen. Flemming Lentfer, the Danish Chief of Defense, at the Ministry of Defense, Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan. 23, 2024. The Guard is partnered with 100 nations in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program in collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships to support State Department, DOD and combatant command security cooperation objectives.
Hokanson Explores National Guard Cooperation with Kingdom of Denmark
By Sgt. 1st Class Zach Sheely, | Jan. 27, 2024
COPENHAGEN – On the last leg of a four-country trip to strengthen security cooperation between the National Guard and European partners, the Guard’s senior-most officer talked with Danish Armed Forces leaders about the...

Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, approach the High Risk Entry Facility Jan. 17 at Volk Field, Wis., during urban warfare training.
Wisconsin Guard Fights Elements in Urban Operations Training
By Staff Sgt. Kati Volkman, | Jan. 26, 2024
VOLK FIELD, Wis. — For 24 frigid hours Jan. 17-18, Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, used the High Risk Entry Facility and...

Spc. Emilio Bailey, an indirect fire infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, Michigan Army National Guard, signals to others in his unit while sighting in an 81 mm mortar during exercise Northern Strike 24-1 at Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center, Michigan, Jan. 21, 2024. Northern Strike 24-1 is the winter warfare component of the annual National Guard Bureau-sponsored Northern Strike exercise series.
Northern Strike 24-1 Tests Winter Warfare Skills
By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy, | Jan. 26, 2024
CAMP GRAYLING, Mich. – A frigid winter wind fluttered past the snow-covered landscape as Sgt. Shane Vanderhoek, an indirect fire infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment,...

Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, speaks with Gen. Rudolf Striedinger, Austria’s chief of defense, and joint Austrian Armed Forces leaders at the Federal Ministry of Defence of Austria in Vienna Jan. 19, 2024. Austria and the Vermont National Guard are paired in the 100-nation Defense Department National Guard State Partnership Program.
Hokanson Sees Nascent Austria-Vermont National Guard Partnership Expanding
By Sgt. 1st Class Zach Sheely, | Jan. 24, 2024
VIENNA, Austria – The Republic of Austria and Vermont share historical and cultural roots based on common values, economic collaboration, winter sports, mountaineering, and, more recently, security cooperation.The National...

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Davis, a section sergeant with Bravo Company, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard, fires the M3 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System during a new weapons fielding training event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 17, 2024. The live-fire exercise gives Soldiers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with new weapon systems being introduced to the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and 96th Troop Command.
Washington, Oregon National Guard Soldiers Test New Weapons
By Sgt. 1st Class Nicolas A. Cloward, | Jan. 24, 2024
JOINT BASE LEWIS MCHORD, Wash. - Washington and Oregon National Guard Soldiers with the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and 96th Troop Command started the new year with a bang by conducting new weapons training and fielding...