Green Mountain Guard
Participants Conduct Search and Rescue Operations
Participants in Vigilant Guard 2016 performed search and rescue operations at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, July 29. Vigilant Guard is a national level emergency response exercise, sponsored by the National Guard and NORTHCOM, which provides National Guard units an opportunity to improve cooperation and relationships with regional civilian, military, and federal partners in preparation for emergencies andcatastrophic events.
Bridge Collapse Training ExerciseSoldiers with the 250th Engineers Company, Connecticut National Guard, and
the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) came together for a simulated bridge collapse exercise, Berlin, Vt., July 29, 2016. This training provided an opportunity for both groups to gain knowledge, while bringing together two entities who don’t often get to train together as a group.
High Intensity Training during Vigilant Guard 2016When training to respond to an emergency, high intensity hands-on training is imperative to improve skills. A simulated building collapse surrounded by broken concrete included casualty actors, crushed and overturned vehicles, 185-pound mannequins with realistic-like injuries, and various other placed obstacles create an intense learning environment at Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vt, July 28, 2016. This training was planned not only for the Vermont National Guard, but civilian entities and military units from various states. This scenario is just one of many planned to take place during Vigilant Guard 2016.
Pilots and crew members assigned to Charlie Company 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance), Vermont National Guard, prepare for an evacuation mission out of
Wilmington, Vt. During exercise Vigilant Guard 2016 a simulated disaster occurred, causing a water dam to burst requiring citizens to be evacuated. The helicopter crews were notified that up to 25 citizens were trapped and would need to be evacuated to a higher location away from torrentialfloodwaters overtaking over the town.
Rescuers Train in Small SpacesThe Massachusetts Search and Extraction Team, part of the New England
National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE)
Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), rescued a simulated casualty from the bottom of the well during Vigilant Guard 2016 at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., July 30, 2016. The team was participating in a Vigilant Guard Exercise that provides an opportunity to improve cooperation and relationships with regional civilian, military, and federal partners in preparation for emergencies and catastrophic events.
Security Forces Remain VigilantThe Vermont National Guard Force Protection, the Vermont State Guard and
Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 86th Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, provides security during Vigilant Guard 2016. This exercise runs from July 22, 2016, to August 2, 2016. Vigilant Guard is a national level emergency response exercise, sponsored by the National Guard and NORTHCOM, which provides National Guard units an opportunity to improve cooperation and relationships with regional civilian, military, and federal partners in preparation for emergencies and
Vigilant Guard 2016: Mass Casualty Evacuation TrainingSearch and extraction teams were called in to a chaotic scene following a devastating simulated earthquake which left several dozen casualties scattered across a hillside at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site during Vigilant Guard 2016 in Jericho, Vt. on July 31st. U.S. Soldiers and Airman with the Massachusetts National Guard evaluated the landscape and tasked out priority and life threatening injuries to be evacuated as part of a national level emergency response exercise.
Vermont National Guard Soldiers Provide Site SupportThe 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion provided support for Vigilant Guard 2016, a training exercise for National Guard units, Title 10 forces, state, federal and local agencies across Vermont for Vigilant Guard 2016, July 28. The unit acted as site supports for exercise lanes at Camp Johnson and Camp Ethan Allen Training Site to facilitate the training of personnel in a realisticenvironment.
Aviation Conducts Domestic Operations TrainingThe Vermont National Guard will host "Vigilant Guard - Vermont2016" at Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vermont. It is a national level emergency response exercise sponsored by the National Guard and United States Northern Command. Federal, state, and local agencies will train together to improve
cooperation and prepare to respond to a man-made or natural disaster, special
event or other domestic emergency in a collaborative effort.
Cavalry Embarks on Spur Ride
Soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment (Mountain) and the attached Delta Company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion, Vermont Army National Guard, conducted a Spur Ride at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont, May 25.
Potential Recruits Observe the Guard for a Day
Potential recruits from all over the state of Vermont visited Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont, May 21, as part of a recruiting event called an "Open Training Day." They arrived to observe the Vermont Army National Guard cavalry units in action during their electives training day.
Recruit Sustainment Company Trains with Other Units
Soldiers with RSC, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance), and Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard, trained together May 14, 2016 at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt.
Recruit Sustainment Program Prepares Soldiers
For many Soldiers, basic training is a pivotal starting point in their military career. In basic training, recruits are taught how to be a Soldier in the U.S. Army and are prepared mentally and physically for their careers. Not everyone makes it through basic training; those who don't are called "training pipeline losses."
SWEAT a New Initiative for the Vermont National Guard
Sweating is what a group of Soldiers were doing as they completed their diagnostic Army physical fitness test (APFT) as part of in-processing for the SWEAT (Soldier Wellness Education and Training) program in Northfield Vt., May 16, 2016.
TALON 3 Training at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site
Alpha Company, Engineers, Special Troops Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) was able to begin training with the TALON 3 at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., on April 2, 2016. The unit is scheduled to receive the TALON 4 in 2017
Vermont National Guard Conducts Simulated Search and Rescue Operations
The Airman's Creed says, "I will never leave an Airman behind." True to their creed, pilots with the 134th Fighter Squadron, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, conducted training focused on recovering downed pilots. The Airmen trained in search and rescue operations in Vermont and New York for two weeks, finishing the exercises April 29, 2016.
Vermont Conducts First HMA Course
JERICHO, 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.