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Vermont City Builds on Guard's Partnership with Senegal
March 28, 2024
The Vermont The Vermont National Guard, shown working at the Thies Regional Hospital in Thies, Senegal, as part of a medical readiness exercise organized by the State Partnership Program, has partnered with Senegal under the program since 2008. The Burlington, Vermont, City Council voted unanimously March 25, 2024, to forge a sister city relationship with Thies-East, Senegal.

Hokanson Sees Nascent Austria-Vermont National Guard Partnership Expanding
January 24, 2024
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.

USEUCOM, Austrian Defense Leaders Explore Expanded Cooperation
December 1, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, second from right, U.S. European Command deputy commander; and Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes, third from left, civilian deputy and foreign policy advisor to U.S. European Command; host Arnold Kammel, center, secretary general of the Austrian Ministry of Defense, and members of Kammel’s staff at the command’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 30, 2023. The meeting was aimed at identifying areas for future military cooperation and builds on a the State Partnership Program relationship between Austria and the Vermont National Guard.

Austrian Ambassador Hosts Vermont Delegation at Investment Summit
May 8, 2023
Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Petra Schneebauer, center, hosted, from left, Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, Vermont adjutant general; U.S. Ambassador to Austria Victoria Kennedy; Vermont Secretary of Commerce Lindsay Kurrle and Austrian Defense Attache Maj. Gen. Norbert Huber during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, May 3, 2023.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program Stable, Steadfast and Growing
April 21, 2023
Lt. Gen. Bashkim Jashari, commander of the Kosovo Security Force, is briefed on unit operations by the commander of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, during a tour of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, May 19, 2022. Approximately 15 KSF troops embedded with companies in the 1-133rd Infantry during a two-week annual training exercise.

Vermont, Maine Guard Join Common Challenge 23
March 29, 2023
U.S. Army Sgt. Sam Rathbun, medic, Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard, cares for a simulated casualty during Common Challenge 23 in the mountains around Kolašin, Montenegro, Feb. 6, 2023. Common Challenge 23 is a multinational exercise focused on integrating allied forces and conducting mountain warfare operations in severe terrain and weather with military members from the United States, Montenegro, Austria, North Macedonia and Italy forming a multinational mountain infantry company.

US, Senegal launch medical exercise in Thies
February 24, 2023
U.S. Army and Air Force medical professionals with the Vermont National Guard receive an orientation of the Mbour Hospital Feb. 20 during the start of the MEDREX Senegal 2023 medical readiness exercise. The 40-person U.S. team will work for two weeks alongside Senegalese hospital professionals at the Thies Regional Hospital and two smaller hospitals.

Vermont Soldiers to Depart for Edelweiss Raid in Austria
February 15, 2023
Soldiers from the Army Mountain Warfare School, 124th Regional Training Institute, Vermont Army National Guard, compete in the Edelweiss Raid, an international military mountaineering competition in Absam, Austria, Feb. 02, 2019.

Vermont Guard Members Deploy for Medical Training in Senegal
February 14, 2023
U.S. Army Spc. Joseph Calano, medic, Medical Detachment, Garrison Support Command, Vermont National Guard, draws blood from a patient at the Regional Center Hospital at Tambacounda, Senegal, April 9, 2019. Vermont Guardsmen and their Senegalese counterparts  provide the Department of Defense with cost-effective ways to strengthen alliances and attract new partners.

Vermont TAG meets with President of State Partner Senegal
December 16, 2022
President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal hosts Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, Washington, D.C., Dec. 12, 2022. Senegal and Vermont are partnered in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program.

In Central Europe, Guard Chief Sees Enduring Partnerships and Growth
July 26, 2022
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Knight, left, Vermont adjutant general, and U.S. Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, center left, chief of the National Guard Bureau, sign letters of intent with the Republic of Austria in Vienna, Austria, July 19, 2022, under the State Partnership Program. This is the third state partnership for the Vermont National Guard, which has partnered with North Macedonia since 1993 and Senegal since 2008.

Vermont National Guard Signs Letter of Intent with Republic of Austria
July 19, 2022
Left to right, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, Vermont’s adjutant general; U.S. Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau; Klaudia Tanner, federal minister of defense of the Republic of Austria; U.S. Ambassador to Austria Victoria Kennedy; Lt. Gen. Erich Csitkovits, training director and commandant, National Defence Academy, sign letters of intent between the Vermont National Guard and Republic of Austria July 19, 2022, Vienna, Austria. The Vermont National Guard also has partnerships with North Macedonia, since 1993, and Senegal, since 2008.

National Guard Leaders Emphasize Value of State Partnership Program
June 3, 2022
U.S. Airmen with the Indiana Air National Guard, and Slovak armed forces personnel trained together Feb. 22, 2022, at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The joint training built on a more than 25-year partnership under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Vermont National Guard hosts Austrian delegation
March 1, 2022
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Gagner, commander, Army Mountain Warfare School, 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Vermont National Guard, escorts an Austrian military delegation through the AMWS at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont, Feb. 14, 2022. Austria is scheduled to be Vermont’s newest state partner under the State Partnership Program.

Vermont National Guard to add Austria as third state partner
October 18, 2021
Vermont and Austria, which have similar terrain and economic and agricultural industries, are partnering under the National Guard's State Partnership Program. This image, designed in Adobe Photoshop, contains two cropped photos and two graphics combined with blending techniques.