Vermont National Guard Logo Press Releases
Press Release | May 10, 2022

Vermont, Austria to mark formal start to state partnership

Vermont National Guard Public Affairs

CAMP JOHNSON, Vermont  –  

A signing ceremony will occur at the Vermont State House between representatives from the Vermont National Guard and the Republic of Austria at 2:00 p.m. on May 11.

The ceremony marks the formal beginning to the new partnership. Leaders from the Vermont National Guard, Republic of Austria, State of Vermont and U.S. State Department will offer remarks during the ceremony.

“Vermont and Austria already share many economic and cultural ties,” said Vermont Governor Phil Scott. “This exciting new partnership will strengthen our relationship and I know it will be of great benefit to all involved.”

The National Guard’s State Partnership Program began in 1993 and has grown to include over 90 countries connected to respective state National Guard’s. Austria is now the third partner for Vermont.

“Vermont has leaned into the State Partnership Program from the beginning,” said Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont adjutant general. “We began with North Macedonia in 1993 and added Senegal in 2008. The real benefit of these partnerships is in the person-to-person relationships that begin during the many military engagements we conduct each year and evolve over the course of careers.”

Austria and Vermont have a long relationship that extends beyond the Von Trapp’s emigration to Vermont during World War II, a journey made famous by the 1965 film, The Sound of Music. For over 30 years the Vermont National Guard’s Army Mountain Warfare School, U.S. Army Biathlon Program and the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) have partnered with their military counterparts in Austria.

In addition to shared mountain expertise, the Vermont National Guard has performed trilateral events with Senegal and Austria for almost a decade through the Physical Security and Stockpile Management Program, focused on safe storage and disposal of expired munitions. This program is designed to train and mentor partner countries and prevent disasters like the one experienced in Beirut in 2020.

The U.S. State Department announced the partnership between Austria and the Vermont National Guard on Oct. 15, 2021.

National Guard News
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with multinational troops supporting a NATO mission, Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 16, 2022.
Three Nations, One Goal: Continued Freedom
By Master Sgt. Jim Greenhill, | June 24, 2022
VILNIUS, Lithuania – Three Baltic nations are laser-focused on one goal: defending their independence and territorial integrity.The chief of the National Guard Bureau heard the same message in visits to each country, part of...

New York Air National Guard Airmen who were part of a 2017 mission to save two badly burned crewmen on board the Slovenian bulk carrier Tamar pose with a painting commemorating the mission during an awards ceremony June 4, 2022, at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, New York.
New York Air Guardsmen Recognized for Dramatic Rescue
By Staff Sgt. Kevin Donaldson, | June 24, 2022
WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. – On April 24, 2017, seven Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing jumped into the night sky over the Atlantic, 1,700 miles from Long Island.Their mission was to provide...

Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers familiarize themselves with the M2 machine gun during an Exportable Combat Training Capabilities exercise June 22, 2022, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The exercise included some 4,400 brigade personnel from throughout Georgia.
Georgia Army Guard Hones Readiness at XCTC Exercise
By Pfc. Katlynn Pickle, | June 24, 2022
FORT STEWART, Ga. – Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 177th Brigade Engineer Battalion familiarized themselves with M2 and M249 machine guns and M4A1 carbines during an Exportable Combat Training...

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah Army National Guard, and Soldiers from the Royal Moroccan Army train in a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force operations center as part of exercise African Lion 2022. AL22 is U.S. Africa Command's largest, premier, joint, combined annual exercise hosted by Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, and Tunisia June 6 - 30.
Utah National Guard Joins African Lion Exercise in Morocco
By Maj. Brent Mangum, | June 24, 2022
AGADIR, Morocco – Soldiers and Airmen from the Utah National Guard began arriving in Morocco June 14 to participate in African Lion 2022.African Lion is U.S. Africa Command’s largest, premier, joint, combined annual exercise...

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Gebremariam, a services Airman with the 118th Force Support Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, Tennessee. Gebremariam, a refugee from Eritrea, gained his U.S. citizenship through the Air Guard.
A Refugee’s Journey to the Tennessee Air National Guard
By Staff Sgt. Jordan Harwood, | June 24, 2022
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Airman John Gebremariam, a services specialist with the 118th Force Support Squadron, is living a life he couldn’t imagine as a young man: going to school to become an aviation mechanic and serving...