As part of my mission to provide ready forces to combatant commanders, I am directing all Vermont National Guard service members to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Vermont has led the way in vaccination thanks to you, both for receiving the vaccine yourselves and for helping distribute it throughout the state. But for our forces to be ready, everyone must now receive the vaccine.
I wouldn't deploy forces with 80 percent of the body armor they need, and now, following full FDA approval and DOD directive, I won't deploy forces that are just 80 percent vaccinated.
Army National Guard Promotions
- Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Trombly
- Staff Sgt. Joshua Gadue
- Sgt. Jacob Abbott
- Sgt. Marc Arseneau
- Cpl. Syed Abbas
- Spc. Samuel Audet
- Spc. Benjamin Beaudoin
- Spc. Matthew Durgin
- Spc. Joseph Earley
- Spc. Eli Hess
- Spc. Miles Hiler
- Spc. Kemar Scafe
- Spc. Robert Scheller
- Spc. Jonas Schroeder
- Spc. Ian Sewell
- Pfc. Camden Bombredi
- Pfc. Avril DeSautels
- Pfc. Zachary Gray
- Pfc. Wayne Hall II
- Pfc. Henry Kenyon
- Pfc. Kristopher Kozminski
- Pfc. Seth Maharaj
- Pfc. Logan Neathery
- Pfc. Rey Vazquez
- Pfc. Grace Whaley
- Pvt. Aidan Bowles
- Pvt. Joshua Jackson
- Pvt. Chase Lafoe
- Pvt. Taylor Larocque
- Pvt. Lucas Marcoux
Air National Guard Promotions
- Tech. Sgt. Olivia Griswold
- Staff Sgt. Donaghue Burke
- Staff Sgt. Connor Farney
- Staff Sgt. Parker Lambert
- Staff Sgt. Dylan Nutt
- Staff Sgt. Morgan Wells
- Staff Sgt. Zackary Wright
- Senior Airman Jonathan Murray
- Senior Airman Anthony Valenti
- Airman John Dublanyk
Air National Guard Stripes for Skills Promotions
- Airman 1st Class John Phillips (Date of Rank: June 11, 2021)
- Airman 1st Class Ethan Ploof (Date of Rank: May 28, 2021)
- Airman Justin Thorpe (Date of Rank: Oct. 17, 2020)
COVER STORY: Afghan evacuees arrive in Kosovo
Soldiers and Airmen from Task Force Ever Vigilant at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, began receiving evacuees from Afghanistan Sept. 20, 2021, at Pristina International Airport.
Training is critical: Current Vermont deployments are proof
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – Training in the Army prepares Soldiers for a variety of circumstances and events. Vigilant Guard is a training event that puts to test our response to domestic emergencies. The Joint Readiness Training Center at Folk Polk, Louisiana, trains Soldiers to operate in a combat environment. Vermont Soldiers conducted pre-mobilization training at Fort Bliss and Fort McGregor prior to their deployments, focusing on a variety of elements Soldiers would most likely face on deployment. All the jobs and specialties in the Army are put to the test to make sure Soldiers are ready for whatever missions they may face. Our current deployments across the world are clear evidence as to why training is so important.
Many Soldiers from Vermont deployed after tirelessly supporting the State of Vermont in our combined joint response to COVID-19. A smaller group went to Washington, D.C. to support efforts in securing a variety of locations during the Presidential Inauguration. Once deployed overseas, a contingent of Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain), found themselves defending the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. They helped secure the airport while the United States and NATO allies evacuated tens of thousands of people. Vermont Soldiers, while continuing their regular assigned missions in their respective areas of operations, now find themselves supporting Afghan travelers waiting for transport to their final destinations in the United States or elsewhere around the world.
Force protection officers practice active shooter response
On Sept. 26-27, the Vermont National Guard hosted a first-of-its-kind active shooter response training conducted at the Vermont Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho by state civilian force protection employees from the Vermont Army and Air National Guard as well as Air Force security forces Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing.
Conceptualized by the Vermont National Guard's newly established Provost Marshal Office, the training aligns with statutory requirements to: "Serve as the primary liaison between the Vermont National Guard and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies," according to Vermont State Statutes 20 and 428.
POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony
Vt. Guard continues pandemic support at Medical Countermeasures Warehouse
Soldiers and Airmen of the Vermont National Guard continue to support delivery of Personal Protective Equipment and COVID-19 vaccines from the State of Vermont’s Medical Countermeasures Warehouse.
According to Vermont Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Christina McGill, “since there has been an uptick in COVID cases we have been busy preparing and sending out vaccinations from this particular warehouse, I handle the additional supplies that go along with the vaccine, such as syringes.”
Vermont, N. Macedonia officials discuss expanding state partnership
The Vermont National Guard hosted a press conference Sept. 21 with North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska, Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Gray and Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lindsay Kurrle to discuss new steps toward increased cooperation between the state and the new NATO ally.
During this press conference, hosted on the steps of the state house, the leaders described efforts to build upon a trip earlier this summer when Gray and Kurrle traveled with Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, the state adjutant general, to North Macedonia.
“What makes the National Guard State Partnership Program special is its design of pairing state national guards with host nation’s civic and military leaders, and all of them are very likely to mature within their respective organizations, so as a result you have long lasting and meaningful relationships,” said Knight. “Now, after nearly three decades of partnership we’re exploring the possibility of an enhanced economic initiative.”
Silver Sabre Exercise
PRISTINA - The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) - in cooperation with the Kosovar security institutions – carried out the 2021 edition of its annual "Silver Sabre" exercise in the Gjakova/ Đakovica air field training area and in the Erniku factory.
The exercise featured a large-scale emergency response operation, where representatives of the Kosovo Police, Red Cross, Kosovo Security Forces, Emergency Management Agency and Gjakova/ Đakovica municipality have been tested - with support from KFOR personnel - in their efforts to save lives, alleviate the distress of the local population affected by the natural disaster, maintain security, preserve the running of essential services, and prepare for the restoration of the normal situation.
3-126th Search and Rescue Simulation
Freedom — That's the Best Part
The Vermont Air National Guard is proud to provide opportunities to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, giving everyone who joins a chance to not only try a new career, but to achieve their dreams.
Meet Airman 1st Class Komalpreet Saini, a personnel specialist with the 158th Fighter Wing, who was unaware he could join the U.S. military. That’s because Saini is from India, and in 2016, he immigrated to the United States.