Green Mountain Guard

The Honorable Fabien Fieschi, French Consul General, awarded the French Legion of Honor to Harold Bergeron, Donald Breslend, and Leonard Pilus, World War II veterans, Montpelier, Vt., Nov. 17, 2014. The French Legion of Honor is presented to U.S. veterans who risked their life during WWII to fight on French Territory. Those selected are appointed to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor. Veterans of all the different armed forces must have fought in at least one of the three main campaigns of the Liberation of France; Normandy, Provence/Southern France, or Northern France. Other Veterans were also awarded the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal and the Vermont Veterans’ Medal at the event.Légion d'Honneur"The Free World would not stand free, were it not for you." Gov. Peter Shumlin's words ringing true as he spoke on one of the first snowy mornings to begin Vermont's winter season. He was speaking at a moment more than 70 years in the making.

Soldiers with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), in partnership with active duty service members and DoD civilians preformed a successful Command Post Exercise, or CPX during August’s drill weekend.Command Post TrainingSoldiers with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), in partnership with active duty service members and DoD civilians preformed a successful Command Post Exercise, or CPX during August's drill weekend.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Marilyn Girardin from the 158th Vermont Air National Guard anticipates her blood being drawn in South Burlington, Vt., June 6, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jon Alderman)VTANG Medical Group Pilots Processing ProgramThe 158th Medical Group has become the first Air Guard base to process both Preventative Health Assessments (PHA) and Occupational Health Physical examinations (OHE) in one large push,.
A U.S. Soldier from 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division and an Estonian Soldier fist-bump at the conclusion of an Airsoft match between the two countries at an Estonian training area near Tapa, Oct. 24, 2014. The Soldiers take a break from their traditional military training to engage in a friendly competition where both countries get the chance to practice their tactics. The U.S. Army Europe-led Atlantic Resolve, a multinational combined arms exercise involving the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and host nations, takes place across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to enhance multinational interoperability, to strengthen relationships among allied militaries, to contribute to regional stability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to NATO. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by 1st Lt. Jeffrey Rivard)OPERATION ATLANTIC RESOLVEOperation Atlantic Resolve has been a continuous mission occurring over the last five months and has been supplemented by National Guard and Army Reserve components. The active duty may be the boots on the ground, but the citizen Soldiers are their eyes, ears, and mouth.
Senior Airman Kayla Sauve, of the Vermont Air National Guard, donates blood at the Red Cross blood drive hosted at the Burlington International Airport, Sept. 7. 158th Fighter Wing Airmen donated a total of 226 pints of blood earning itself the title of the third largest blood drive in Vermont in 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Alderman.)VTANG Bleeds for the CommunityMembers of the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) volunteered their time this past drill weekend, along with their blood at the American Red Cross blood drive on base.
Col. Peter Sartori (left) presents the Deneke Award to Lt. Col. Keith Hodsden of the 158th Civil Engineering Squadron on June 6, 2014 at the Vermont Air National Guard. This marks the third time the VTANG Civil Engineering Squadron has been granted this award, it is given each year to the Air National Guard unit that shows the most outstanding accomplishments and achievements.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jon Alderman)Vermont Civil EngineersThe Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) has a reputation of a high standard of excellence and received recognition for that effort in the form of the Colonel William L. Deneke Outstanding Civil Engineering Award.
This marks the third time the VTANG Civil Engineering (CE) squadron has received this award.
VTANG Civil Engineers coordinate the transport of retired F-16C jet 'Lethal Lady' across the158th Fighter Wing, August 5, 2014. The jet is being mounted upon a stand at at the front gate serving as a testament to the dedication and skill of the Green Mountain Boys. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Victoria Greenia)Vermont Veteran Remembers World War IISparks fly as a retired F-16C Fighter jet frame is bolted to its display next to the main gate of the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG). Standing proudly the "Lethal Lady," as the jet is called by pilots, continues to serve the Air Force as it has for nearly 30 years.
Glen Goodall, a World War II veteran, speaks with U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Brace, Vermont Army National Guard, during an interview at his home Nov. 4, 2013, in Williamstown, Vt. Goodall served with the 172nd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division, Vermont Army National Guard during World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Mattison) Vermont Veteran Remembers World War IIWILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. - Glen Goodall was only 24 years old when he sailed into the Pacific as a Vermont
National Guardsman aboard the USS President Coolidge in 1942. He served as a supply sergeant with the
172nd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Division, otherwise known as the "Redwings."
Richard H. Hamilton poses for a photograph while giving an interview at his home in Brattleboro, Vt., Nov. 13, 2013. Hamilton recounted wartime stories during which he was a Prisoner of War during World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Mattison) World War II POW Recalls Wartime ExperiencesBRATTLEBORO, Vt. - Free falling 18,000 feet out of a B-17, engulfed in flames and riddled with bullet holes, was something Richard H. Hamilton never imagined he would have to do.
On July 20, 1944, Hamilton and the rest of the crew of the B-17, Destiny's Child, were shot down during
their 9th mission.
Senior Airman Dylan Desranleau, Staff Sgt. Jason Berube, Staff Sgt. Blake Lahue, Staff Sgt. Brannon Soter and Fire Fighter Robby Carron pose for a photo after receiving an award from the Winooski Fire Department for their actions at an accident off of I-89 in Winooski, Vt. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Jeff Tatro)21 Minutes to RescueStaff Sgt. Brannon Soter, a Fairfax resident and member of the Vermont Air National guard (VTANG)
fire department, arrived on the scene of the accident to determine whether they would need to begin
a rescue or retrieval mission for the driver who had just plummeted 70 feet into a ravine with his
tractor-trailer. The wreckage was like a jigsaw puzzle with all the pieces thrown in a heap on the
Staff Sgt. Damien Larose, an instructor with the 124th Regiment (RTI) assists Soldiers while they build door breach charges at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., May 11, 2013. Soldiers were taught various advance infantry skills during their 11B Infantry Advanced Leadership Course. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Jeffrey Rivard)124th Shares A Wealth of KnowledgeJERICHO, Vt.—U.S. National Guard Soldiers attending the Infantry Advanced Leaders Course taught
by the 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) were trained various methods of door breaching at
Camp Ethan Allen Training Site on May 11, 2013.
Insert Description HereA Bond Built to LastSAINT ALBANS, Vt.— A few of the Green Mountain Boys were paid a visit by a familiar face and were able to catch up and continue strengthening a relationship which grew it's roots during the Vermont Army National Guard deployment to Afghanistan in 2010.
Insert Description HereVermont Air National Guard Wins Federal Energy AwardThe Green Mountain Boys has once more proved its colors; the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) was selected as an outstanding achiever of energy conservation by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Vice Wing Commander Col. Thomas Jackman, along with Adam Wright and Peter Dufault, civilians who comprise the Vermont air base's environmental management office, proudly received the 2013 award in Boston, June 26, on behalf of the unit.
Insert Description HereLoyalty: The Virtue of One SoldierHis smile widens as he recollects his most fond memory; one that journeys all the way to the top of the Italian Alps. The official destination of his first flight and first time out of the country. The opportunity to travel to Italy and work with the Alpini troops was a fantastic experience and set the tone for 28 more years of dedicated service to his country.
Insert Description HereA Niche Capability: Vermont Instructs the Future of WarfareRecently the Vermont National Guard's 3-124th Information Operations Battalion was named the Tactical Information Operations schoolhouse for the United States Army. Starting in 2015, the Regional Training Institute (RTI) will see an influx of students from across the country, essentially tripling the number of students attending the schoolhouse each year.
Insert Description HereStarfire & Shooting Star Land in Museum at Camp JohnsonEarly on May 5, at a time when the skies are still dark and the road traffic is kept at a minimum, Vermont Air National Guardsmen, with the help of local police and the Vermont Army National Guard, transported the first of two airplanes destined to rest at the Vermont National Guard Library and Museum. Civilians witnessing the spectacle took photos of the military relic in wonder; after all, its not every day one gets to see a 1950's airplane inching down the fast lane. The same group moved a second airplane later, causing a stir in morning Colchester traffic.