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Staff Sgt. Stephen Trala, flight medic, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th
Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance), prepares for take-off during Defense and
Support of Civil Authorities training at the Army Aviation Support Facility, South
Burlington, Vt. April 2, 2016. The training is preparation for Vigilant Guard, a
national level emergency response exercise. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo
by Spc. Avery Cunningham)Aviation Conducts Domestic Operations TrainingThe Vermont National Guard will host "Vigilant Guard - Vermont2016" at Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vermont. It is a national level emergency response exercise sponsored by the National Guard and United States Northern Command. Federal, state, and local agencies will train together to improve cooperation and prepare to respond to a man-made or natural disaster, special event or other domestic emergency in a collaborative effort.

U.S. Army Spc. Brion Houston, assigned to 1st Squadron, 172 Cavalry Regiment (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, performs the written test portion of the Cavalry Spur Ride held at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., May 25, 2016.  Soldiers participated in the event to test their skills and knowledge, while building unit cohesion.Cavalry Embarks on Spur RideSoldiers with the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment (Mountain) and the attached Delta Company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion, Vermont Army National Guard, conducted a Spur Ride at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont, May 25.
U.S. Army Capt. Jason Beams, Army Mountain Warfare School training division chief, Vermont National Guard, speaks with potential recruits about the school and its role in the Army at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site (CEATS), Jericho, Vt., May 21, 2016. The potential recruits visited CEATS to observe soldiers training as part of a joint venture between the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment (Mountain) and the Recruiting and Retention Battalion. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham/Released) Potential Recruits Observe the Guard for a DayPotential recruits from all over the state of Vermont visited Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, May 21, as part of a recruiting event called an "Open Training Day." They arrived to observe the Vermont Army National Guard cavalry units in action during their electives training day.
A U.S. Army Soldier with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard, bounds over an obstacle during squad attack training with paintball equipment at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt. May 14, 2016. The A/3-­-172nd INF (MTN) taught the Recruit Sustainment Company Soldiers infantry tactics and trained them to move and work together as a unit. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham) 
Recruit Sustainment Company Trains with Other UnitsSoldiers with RSC, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance), and Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard, trained together May 14, 2016 at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt.
U.S. Army Pvt. Hunter Brouillette, Recruit Sustainment Company, Vermont Army National Guard, stands at parade rest during drill and ceremony practice at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., April 23, 2016. Soldiers perform a multitude of basic Soldier tasks while drilling with the Recruit Sustainment Company. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham) Recruit Sustainment Program Prepares SoldiersFor many Soldiers, basic training is a pivotal starting point in their military career. In basic training, recruits are taught how to be a Soldier in the U.S. Army and are prepared mentally and physically for their careers. Not everyone makes it through basic training; those who don't are called "training pipeline losses."
Soldiers were sweating during the two-­-mile run, part of the in processing for the Soldier Wellness Education and Training program (SWEAT) in Northfield Vt., May 14, 2016. SWEAT is a new program for the Vermont National teaching Soldiers nutrition, physical training methods and master resiliency. National Guard Soldiers may struggle to create a successful physical training program for between drill weekends, this program will give them the tools to help them succeed. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Heidi Kroll) SWEAT a New Initiative for the Vermont National GuardSweating is what a group of Soldiers were doing as they completed their diagnostic Army physical fitness test (APFT) as part of in-processing for the SWEAT (Soldier Wellness Education and Training) program in Northfield Vt., May 16, 2016.
U.S Army Pfc. Jay Panes, combat engineer, Alpha Company, Special Troops Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) Vermont National Guard, learns the controls of a TALON 3 robot, at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., April 2, 2016. The TALON 3 is used for counter improvised explosive device surveying and the unit is set to receive the TALON 4 in 2017. (U.S Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Heidi Kroll) TALON 3 Training at Camp Ethan Allen Training SiteAlpha Company, Engineers, Special Troops Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) was able to begin training with the TALON 3 at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., on April 2, 2016. The unit is scheduled to receive the TALON 4 in 2017
U.S. Army Sgt. Shannon Haskell, crew chief, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance), Vermont Army National Guard, waits for service members to enter the HH-­-60M Black Hawk helicopter at Moores Landing Strip, Clare, Vt., April 29, 2016. Soldiers with C/3-­-126th AVN (AA) participated with pilots from the 134th Fighter Squadron, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, in a combat search and rescue exercise. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham) Vermont National Guard Conducts Simulated Search and Rescue Operations The Airman's Creed says, "I will never leave an Airman behind." True to their creed, pilots with the 134th Fighter Squadron, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, conducted training focused on recovering downed pilots. The Airmen trained in search and rescue operations in Vermont and New York for two weeks, finishing the exercises April 29, 2016.
U.S. service members in the Humanitarian Mine Action Basic Course HMA 05-15, practice their humanitarian mine detection skills during a practical exercise at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., Aug. 13, 2015. This is the first humanitarian mine action course taught at this location. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Rivard)Vermont Conducts First HMA CourseJERICHO, Vt. — U.S. service members from three different branches, Navy, Air Force and Army, came together at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho for the first humanitarian demining training course held at this location.
U.S. Soldiers with the Vermont Army National Guard carry a litter to practice the water at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., July 22, 2015. The Soldiers are working together with the Army Medical Department Board, MEDEVAC Proponency Directorate and the Army Aeromedical Research Lab in evaluating five flexible Sked-type litters. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison)VT Soldiers Evaluate New Medical LittersJERICHO, Vt. - Recently the Vermont National Guard collaborated with the U.S. Army Medical Department Board (USAMEDDBD), the MEDEVAC Proponency Directorate and the Army Aeromedical Research Lab to evaluate five new flexible litters. Over a three-day period, approximately 35 Guardsmen tested and trained on hoisting the litter from both the ground and water.
A Company, 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion combat engineers orient a Bangalore torpedo at the demolition range during annual training at Fort Drum, N.Y., June 24, 2015.  The 86th IBCT (MTN) participates in Multi-Echelon Integrated Brigade Training as a means of maintaining its combat readiness through its entire Army Force Generation Ready Year. (Photo by U.S. Army National Guard Pvt. Avery James Cunningham)Combat Engineers Training Blows UpFORT DRUM, N.Y. - The 86th IBCT (MTN) participated in Multi-Echelon Integrated Brigade Training as a means of maintaining its combat readiness through its entire Army Force Generation Ready Year.
U.S. Army Gen. Frank J. Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau speaks with Soldiers from the 131st Engineering Company, Vermont Army National Guard, Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vt., May 2, 2015. Grass and U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau are in town to meet and speak with the Soldiers and Airmen of the Vermont National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison)Chief of the National Guard Bureau visits the Green Mountain BoysCAMP JOHNSON, Vt. – Senior leadership from the National Guard Bureau visited with members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard on May 2.
U.S. Soldiers with the Vermont Army National Guard participate in an Asian cooking class at the Green Mountain Armory, Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vt., May 28, 2015. The class was hosted by the Vermont National Guard’s Diversity Program and was in special observance of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison)Asian cooking class held at Green Mountain ArmoryCAMP JOHNSON, Vt. - Walking into the kitchen of the Green Mountain Armory smells of ginger and fresh-cut onion float through the air. Capt. Gene Enriquez finishes up demonstrating proper chopping techniques and instructs his class to begin prepping their ingredients. As part of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the Vermont National Guard’s Cultural Diversity Enhancement Team (CDET) hosted an Asian cooking class at Camp Johnson.
The 15th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) service members analyze and document the spill during decontamination training at Edward F. Knapp State Airport, Barre, Vt. July 30, 2015. This exercise is part of defense support of civil authorities training. (Photos by U.S. U.S. Army National Guard Pvt. Avery Cunningham)Civil Support Team conducts decontamination trainingBARRE-MONTPELIER AIRPORT, Vt. Civil support teams, like the 15th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction), assist emergency personnel by providing more advanced tools to analyze hazardous substances and improved communication abilities. The 15th CST did this recently as part of defense support of civil authorities training.
U.S. Army Soldiers with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), bound as teams to clear an objective during the unit's live-fire range at Fort Drum, N.Y., June 24, 2015. The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) participated in Multi-Echelon Integrated Brigade Training as a means of maintaining its combat readiness through its entire Army Force Generation Ready Year. (Photo by U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Rivard)Infantry Live FireFORT DRUM, N.Y. - Soldiers with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) conducted a live-fire range at Fort Drum during their Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training (MIBT).
Sgt. Jason Allen, chainsaw operator and bandsman, 40th Army Band, cuts through trees that block a road during quick reaction force training at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, July 31, 2015, Jericho, Vt. The 40th Army Band is training as the quick reaction force for a defense support of civil authorities exercise. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Rivard)QRF (Quick Response Force) TrainingJERICHO, Vt. - The Vermont National Guard recently took part in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities exercise throughout Vermont. The National Guard uses the exercise to practice supporting civilian authorities in the event of disasters. The quick reaction force, QRF, is one of the most important tools for responding to a natural disaster.
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
ground.
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.
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