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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.

National Guard strengthens NATO readiness in Europe
June 1, 2022
U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan Guernsey, left, and U.S. Army Spc. Khym Wilson, both assigned to the Forward Support Company, 119th Field Artillery Regiment, Michigan Army National Guard, guide the crane operator during Summer Shield at Forward Operating Site Adazi, Latvia, May 19, 2022. Summer Shield is one of U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s multinational training exercises in Eastern Europe that make up Defender Europe 22.

Vermont Guardsman earns master instructor badge
April 20, 2022
U.S. Staff Sgt. Andrew Fryburg, chief instructor at the 24th Regimental Training Institute’s modular training battalion, was presented with the master instructor badge, April 19, 2022, by Col. William Wagner, RTI commanding officer. Fryburg is the first Vermont National Guard RTI instructor to have attained the master instructor badge, which requires 500 hours of study.

158th Civil Engineers hone skills at Silver Flag
April 15, 2022
A U.S. Air Force Airman attaches a hook to aid in securing the frame of an Alaskan Small Shelter System at the Silver Flag exercise on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, March 31, 2022. The primary focus of Silver Flag is to teach Airmen from the civil engineer, force support, and vehicle maintenance squadrons essential skills to complete operations outside of their primary duties.

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange
March 31, 2022
Vermont Army National Guard rotary-wing pilots with 86th Troop Command conducted an aviation exchange with Senegalese Air Force pilots March 13-19, 2022. During the exchange, part of the State Partnership Program, the pilots discussed aviation safety and visited Senegalese Air Force facilities.

Deployed Vermont National Guard MPs provide base security
March 28, 2022
U.S. Army Military Police Soldiers of the Vermont National Guard's 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying to Romania March 6, 2021. The Military Police Soldiers conducted inner-perimeter security patrols and community policing services at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base for approximately 10 months.

86th IBCT (MTN) completes KFOR mission
March 14, 2022
U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Clark, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment Mountain, Maneuver Battalion, Kosovo Force Regional Command-East, patrols near Gate 1 Jarinje in Kosovo, Feb. 3, 2022. Commanders use scout data to inform decisions and plan future missions which support a safe and secure environment for all people of Kosovo.

Vermont Guardsmen reflect on Operation Allies Refuge
March 10, 2022
National Guard Soldiers from the Minnesota-based 34th Infantry Division pack a U.S. Air Force-operated C-17 in August 2021following the completion of their mission in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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.

National Guard to back law enforcement at DC demonstrations
February 23, 2022
The District of Columbia National Guard will help U.S. Capitol and D.C. police at traffic control points in the nation's capital during anticipated First Amendment protests in February and March 2022. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III approved the assistance of up to 400 DCNG members and 300 Guard members from outside the District of Columbia.

Vermont Guard conducts medical readiness exercise in Senegal
February 9, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Anthony Gragg, a dentist with the Medical Detachment, Garrison Support Command, Vermont National Guard, examines a patient at the Regional Center Hospital at Tambacounda, Senegal, April 12, 2019. The National Guard’s State Partnership Program is a cost-effective way to strengthen alliances and attract new partners.

National Guard Olympians ready for 2022 Beijing Games
January 31, 2022
Spc. Deedra Irwin, a human resources specialist with 86th Troop Command, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard, fires a biathlon rifle during practice at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, Nov. 2, 2021. Irwin, a native of Pulaski, Wisconsin, competed in the 2021 Biathlon World Championship and is on Team USA's 2021-2022 National A Team.

Vermont Guard to help hospitals facing COVID surge
January 26, 2022
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Nardo, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, injects James Bordeaux with a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Camp Johnson, Vermont, March 18, 2021.

National Guard infantry units support East Africa mission
January 14, 2022
U.S. Army Soldiers with the 1-102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Task Force Iron Gray and the 1-116th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), stand together during a transfer of authority ceremony, Jan. 8, 2022, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Vermont Guardsman rescues 3 from frozen lake
January 11, 2022
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John Hampson, an instructor at the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School, discusses mountain casualty evacuation with French service members with the 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment (5e RIAOM) at the French Combat Training Center at Arta Beach, Djibouti, Dec. 14, 2021. Instructors from the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, Vt., taught a five-day Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course on basic military mountaineering skills to French service members in Djibouti to strengthen relationships with international forces working together in the region.

Vermont National Guard Soldiers make Olympic Biathlon Team
January 10, 2022
U.S. Army Spc. Vasek Cervenka, a carpentry and masonry Specialist assigned to Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Garrison Support Command, Vermont National Guard, competing in the 12.5 KM Pursuit Race at the 2021 Junior World Championships in Obertilliach, Austria,  March 3, 2021. Cervenka was selected as an alternate to the men's team for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China.

National Guard Soldiers provide security, partnerships in Horn of Africa
December 29, 2021
U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Riczu, a Connecticut Army National Guard Soldier, currently deployed with the 1-102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Task Force Iron Gray, demonstrates military mountaineering skills to French Marine Capt. Benoit Malet, the officer in charge of the French Desert Commando Course, during the Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course.

Vermont National Guard helping vaccinate young people
November 18, 2021
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Nardo, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, injects James Bordeaux with a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Camp Johnson, Vermont, March 18, 2021.

Vermont Guard reflects on Marine Corps' 246th birthday
November 10, 2021
U.S. Army Soldiers of the Vermont National Guard who served with the 2nd Marine Division in Iraq's Al Anbar Province between 2005-2006 were authorized to display the 2nd Marine Division unit insignia on their uniforms. Nov. 10, 2021, marks the Marine Corps' 246th birthday.

State Partnership Program helps Guard build relationships
October 26, 2021
Capt. Le Mohamed Louaita, commander for Djiboutian Demining Co., expresses gratitude to Tech. Sgt. Dylan Wagner, explosive ordnance disposal technician, 123rd Airlift Wing, Aug. 22, 2021, in Djibouti City, Djibouti. Kentucky National Guard Engineers with the 577th Sapper Company and 123rd Airlift Wing traveled more than 15,000 miles to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to train with the Djiboutian military demining company as a part of the State Partnership Program.