Maj. Gen. Greg Knight released a statement Aug. 18 regarding the developments in Afghanistan leading up to the current evacuation efforts:
Like you, I've been watching the situation in Afghanistan over the past 48 hours. If you deployed to Afghanistan, you may feel right now like you've somehow 'failed.' I want to assure you that nothing is further from the truth. The Vermonters who deployed to Afghanistan served with honor and distinction: our military members execute the mission they are given, no matter how challenging. You did your job and no one will ever take that away from you.
For our Service Members who gave their lives in Afghanistan, and those impacted over the 20 years of our time there, please continue to hold them and their families in our hearts.
If you or someone you know is struggling, I encourage you to reach out. Talk to me directly; talk to a mental health specialist, a battle buddy, a commander, or a first sergeant. We have resources available to you at www.vtguard.com/assist.
In August's TAG's Corner, Maj. Gen. Greg Knight discussed the release of the 2020 Organizational Assessment, conducted by the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations.
Resources regarding the Organizational Assessment are available at www.vtguard.com/org-assessment.
Vermont Guard releases organizational assessment
The Vermont National Guard has publically released a 113-page assessment prepared by the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations at the request of VTNG Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight.
In November 2019, shortly after his election as VTNG’s next adjutant general, Knight requested assistance from OCI to provide a detailed assessment of the VTNG command climate and systems. The Guard released the final version of the assessment on Aug. 8.
A Look Back: Hurricane Irene, August 2011
A Soldier’s story: From Kenyan refugee camp to Vt. National Guard officer
For 2nd Lt. Abdimaik Hashi, newly commissioned in the Vermont National Guard, the road to commissioning as an officer began in 2016 when he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard. As a 19K armor crewman, Hashi initially drove M1 main battle tanks with A Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion-194th Armor Regiment.
Hashi was not always in the U.S. The first eight years of his life were spent in a refugee camp in Kenya with his mother and two older sisters. In 1992, strife and conflict forced Hashi’s mother to flee her home in Kismayo, Somalia with her daughters.
Regional Command - East hits ground running
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – Soldiers from the U.S. Army, including Soldiers from multiple National Guard states, Reserve Component, and Active Duty, as well as soldiers from Poland, Latvia, Switzerland, Turkey, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary, and Italy, have fully established at various locations across Kosovo as part of Regional Command – East. Needless to say, we hit the ground running.
Kosovo has experienced a fair amount of wild fires of late, and RC-E has been called upon to assist in combating fires in the western and northern portions of Kosovo.
Balkan National Support Element transfer of authority
KFOR-29: Active Shooter, Mass Casualty Training Exercise
The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain)'s mantra is ‘Ready to Go.’ Training and repetition are paramount to ensuring Soldiers are ready to respond to a variety of situations.
An active shooter is certainly one of those situations.
Regional Command – East conducted an active shooter exercise on Camp Bondsteel on August 12, 2021 to train Soldiers from a variety of sections with a variety of specialties to ensure readiness in the instance of a real-world active shooter. The exercise included active shooters, casualties, response from the joint operations center, civilian emergency responders, medical personnel, security details, and military police responses.
TAG visits North Macedonia, attends Army Day Ceremony
VTANG brings Lightning to Red Flag
Military Working Dogs provide essential role for Camp Bondsteel security
If you visit Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, you may be met at the front gate by Figo and his handler Cpl. Charles West, with the 131st Military Police Detachment. Figo is a Malinois X, a mix of the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepard dog. The combination results in an intelligent, good-natured, level-headed energetic protector of their beloved human.
“I love their energy and personalities, all dogs have different personalities. My last dog was a bit more angry towards working, while Figo is more loving towards work and loves to be around me,” said West. “I love the different personalities of the dogs and how they work. On this rotation our bond has gotten a lot closer than back in our duty station in Germany.”
Vermont Airman takes top honor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Airman 1st Class Dalton Fitch-O’Leary, tactical aircraft maintainer assigned to the 158th Maintenance Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard, bested more than 700 basic military trainees (BMT) to become the top BMT honor graduate.
To be recognized as an honor graduate in basic military training, trainees are evaluated in a number of areas: physical fitness, living area inspections, leadership points, and the end of course exam. Typically, 10 percent of trainees graduate as honor graduates.