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Green Mountain Guard January 2021

TAG's Corner

For many, the new year brings a feeling of hope ... we now have a vaccine that can defeat what has gripped the world for nearly a full year.
I am immensely proud of our Soldiers who mobilized to support this peaceful inauguration as well as all the staff who helped make it happen. ...

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Medical personnel with the Vermont Army National Guard Medical Detachment, the 158th Medical Group, and the University of Vermont Medical Center administered COVID-19 vaccinations to 60 Soldiers and Airmen here Jan. 4.

“Even my flu shot hurts worse than this,” said Staff Sgt. Yolande Allen, who normally performs with the 40th Army Band but is currently working in an elevated-risk environment.

Left: Sgt. Stephen Maynus prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine for delivery during a vaccine deployment. Right: Air Force Senior Airman Evanna Dober (top) and Army Staff Sgt. Yolande Allen (bottom) receive COVID-19 vaccinations from Air Force Lt. Col. Sarah Davis and Douglas Sutton, respectively.

Law Enforcement Day Training

Inauguration Support

Approximately 100 Vermont Army National Guard Soldiers supported the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., and are continuing to support security around the Capitol.

The element from Vermont joins nearly 20,000 National Guard service members deployed to provide security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety support to district and federal agencies. The public’s safety is the top priority of the National Guard. Service members will meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, posturing with protective equipment, weapons and live ammunition.

All service members deployed in support of Operation Capitol Response will follow COVID-19 protocols in accordance with Center for Disease Control guidelines and may quarantine upon their return from the Capitol region.

158th FW Weapon System Validation

Airmen, aircraft and support equipment from the 158th Fighter Wing departed the week of Jan. 14 to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, to participate in a weapon system validation exercise.

“Everyone is excited for the opportunity to take the Vermont Air National Guard on the road,” said Lt. Col. Brian D. Sherry, 158th Fighter Wing plans officer. “This is all part of the evolution to achieve F-35 combat readiness status. We’ll all be tested across a wide spectrum of tactics in preparation for real world deployments.”

172nd Law Enforcement Detachment Deploys

The 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment departed from Burlington International Airport Jan. 26 for Fort Bliss, Texas, as the first step of their deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel under U.S. European Command.

“Just know that we’re here for you. We’ve got resources,” said Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont's adjutant general, referring to Vermont National Guard Family Programs. “We’ll be here when you need us, so don’t hesitate to call.”

Top: Soldiers with the Vermont National Guard's 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment wait to check their bags at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington Jan. 26. Bottom Left:A bus carrying Soldiers with the Vermont National Guard's 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment arrives at Burlington International Airport. Bottom Center: Detachment commander Capt. Shawn Slaney assumes command from Sgt. 1st Class Charlie Winn during a sendoff ceremony at the Williston Armory. Bottom Right: Col. Justin Davis, the Vermont National Guard's director of operations, speaks to detachment Soldiers at the sendoff ceremony.

Vermont Air National Guard On Drill

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Air National Guard

  • Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Alvin
  • Tech. Sgt. Katherine Randall
  • Staff Sgt. Evanna Dober

Army National Guard

  • Staff Sgt. William Whatley
  • Staff Sgt. Jordan Snow
  • Cpl. Sam Hannigan