Green Mountain Guard
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.
VT Soldiers Evaluate New Medical Litters
JERICHO, 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.
Combat Engineers Training Blows Up
FORT 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.
Asian cooking class held at Green Mountain Armory
CAMP 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.
Civil Support Team conducts decontamination training
BARRE-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.
Infantry Live Fire
FORT 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).
QRF (Quick Response Force) Training
JERICHO, 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 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.
Command Post Training
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.
VTANG Medical Group Pilots Processing Program
The 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,.
OPERATION ATLANTIC RESOLVE
Operation 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.
VTANG Bleeds for the Community
Members 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.
Vermont Civil Engineers
The 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.
Vermont Veteran Remembers World War II
Sparks 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.
Vermont Veteran Remembers World War II
WILLIAMSTOWN, 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."
World War II POW Recalls Wartime Experiences
BRATTLEBORO, 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.
21 Minutes to Rescue
Staff 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
124th Shares A Wealth of Knowledge
JERICHO, 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.
A Bond Built to Last
SAINT 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.
Vermont Air National Guard Wins Federal Energy Award
The 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.
Loyalty: The Virtue of One Soldier
His 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.
A Niche Capability: Vermont Instructs the Future of Warfare
Recently 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.
Starfire & Shooting Star Land in Museum at Camp Johnson
Early 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.