MESSAGE FROM LEADERSHIP
The Alpine Brigade, with close to 2,000 of Vermont's finest, recently returned from a highly successful rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
I could not be prouder of the efforts of everyone involved; from the Mountain Cavalryman of Task Force Saber to the highly motivated ARAS support staff from Joint Force Headquarters and the Garrison Support Command. Starting with our rail efforts, moving close to 1,000 pieces of rolling stock by train, and finally finishing up this week returning over 150 camo nets to Fort Drum. This was a tremendous effort that could not have been accomplished without the support of every organization in the Vermont National Guard and every activity on Camp Johnson. Whether you were at JRTC fighting through the mud, rain and poison ivy or back in Vermont supporting us from afar your efforts did not go unnoticed.
The purpose of JRTC is to build the highest levels of collective readiness through 15 days of immersion training fighting against a peer adversary across contested domains. Simply put, to fight an enemy who has the same or better capabilities; in the air, on land and in the cyber domain.
The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) now joins a select group of Army Brigades trained to fight and win in that environment and do so as part of the total force concept, which is crucial to deterring our adversaries. Deterrence is how we win wars before they happen, by demonstrating to our potential enemies that the United States has the ability to employ overwhelming combat power at the decisive time and place of our choosing. As we transition to sustaining readiness this means the Army will hold the highest ready-units, like the 86th Brigade, in reserve ready for whatever threats our nation may encounter.
I acknowledge the time invested for a JRTC rotation by our Soldiers is a challenge. Many of you endured a 30-day exercise preceded by multiple extended drill periods - many of them overnight and out of state. Your sacrifices paid off in the success of the rotation. Task Force Alpine set a high standard across the Army for aggression, motivation, and a never quit attitude. Command Sgt. Maj. Edwards and I want to thank your families and employers as well for their sacrifice. I don't know what the future holds for the Mountain Brigade, but I do know we will be "Ready to Go!"
- Col. Nathan Lord, Commander, 86th IBCT (MTN)
Vermont's 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) conducted their 2019 Annual Training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Viper Out: Ending 33 Years of F-16 Operations
The last four Vermont Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, 158th Fighter Wing, take off for the last time from the base during a "Viper Out" ceremony, Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., April 6, 2019. The F-16s are leaving the VTANG after 33 years of service for other locations ahead of F-35 Lightning IIs arriving later this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell and U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Gillian McCreedy)
RTI Change of Command
Background photo: U.S. Soldiers with the Vermont National Guard stand during the playing of the National Anthem during a change of command ceremony on Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vt., April 7, 2019. The ceremony recognized both Lt. Col. Roger Drury, outgoing commander of the 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), and Col. Tracey Poirier, the incoming commander. (Photos by Master Sgt. Sarah Mattison/State Public Affairs)
MEDREX 19-2: Medical Readiness Exercise
U.S. Soldiers and Airmen with the Vermont National Guard traveled to Senegal to participate in military medical readiness exercise, MEDREX 19-2, held from April 7-19. This exercise was a joint-medical initiative that included active-duty, Army Reserve and National Guard service members working together with Senegalese counterparts to help build the readiness of our U.S. medical professionals.
158th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen put skills to work
Background Photo: Airmen assigned to the 158th Civil Engineer Squadron, 158th Mission Support Group, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, renovate a building at a Scouts of America camp site at Mount Norris, including building a deck, replacing the roof and installing new electrical wiring, Eden Mills, Vt., May 4, 2019. The engineers are providing the skills as part of an Innovative Readiness Training mission, which is a Department of Defense community engagement program which sees members of the military get training opportunities they wouldn't normally get at their duty stations while at the same time providing needed services for local communities. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
Airmen assigned to the 158th Civil Engineer Squadron, 158th Mission Support Group, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, renovate a building at a Scouts of America camp site at Mount Norris, including building a deck, replacing the roof and installing new electrical wiring, Eden Mills, Vt., May 4, 2019.
What is the CCRI?
A comprehensive network inspection aimed at improving security of our Information Network. CCRIs check our day-to-day operations. Preparations should be verification of what we do every day. The end goal is to slam the door on our adversaries!
Who is Inspected?
All of us! Most of the inspection is with our J6 office, but the inspection team will check all locations that have a Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) connection, so everyone needs to be ready!
What is Inspected?
Overall security of the organization to include traditional security, cyber security, and cyber threat mitigation. This means, having the latest security measures, patches and hardware. The inspectors will look for unlabeled media, sensitive information in plain site, CAC cards unattended in computers, sensitive areas and telecom closets not locked or secured.
What can I do to Help and Prepare for Inspection?
- Office Door Secured when not present
- Question any unauthorized people in area (ask to see CAC)
- Access control rosters on any sensitive/classified areas.
- CAC card removed from computer and secured when not at workstation
- No unlabeled CDs, DVDs, or external drives in office.
- Classification Stickers on all devices to include phones, printers, fax machines, computers
- Cover sheets used on ALL faxes and readily available near fax machines.
- Sensitive Information, none on bulletin or white boards, none laying around on desks or tables.
- Trash/Recycling – No sensitive information in recycling bins
- Incident response cards posted by workstations
- AUP, IA Training, Digital Signature Policy
- If in doubt on anything suspicious always call the J6 Help Desk