Green Mountain Guard August 2023

From The TAG: Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight

No surprise for our Guard, August was yet again a busy month with lots of great training and events. A highlight for me was having the chance to visit Soldiers and Airmen during our annual TAG Match at Ethan Allen Firing Range. I even got to shoot the individual competition. I have no idea where I placed, but that wasn’t as important to me as simply witnessing the collegiality and esprit de corps that comes with competition. There is nothing better than visiting with Soldiers and Airmen on the range – doing what they love. I need more like you.

Normally I reflect on the previous month, but September looks to be especially busy. We are hosting the Open House, Soldier Showcase, and Vermont Remembers Run all on the same weekend. Three large scale events that require extensive planning. Thanks to everyone for their efforts, your work matters. Please share our events with your family and friends. As I have said before, we aren’t Area 51, and the only way we can show people who we are is by getting them here to see who we are and what we do.

September also marks the end of our fiscal and recruiting years. There’s typically a heightened level of stress around money and recruiting this time of year, especially for our fulltime staff. Know that you have support. We all have a lot on our plates, and I encourage you to keep up the great work. We are an amazing organization because of you.

Lastly, I send a 6 month review to our political leadership across Vermont – and to you. Give it a read. It’s a lot, but sharing information is critical for us. It might give you some extra insight into all the other areas of the organization and what goes on across the state.

Thanks all and Put the Vermonters Ahead!

-Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight

O6 Promotions To Colonel

Congratulions to Col. Jacob Roy (Army) and Col. Kate Irish (Air) on their recent promotions! Well deserved and we salute you!

Col. Roy and Col. Irish were both pinned by family members at their respective promotions.

Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Wins Excellence in Diversity Award

Vermont National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight was selected as recipient for the Fiscal Year 2022 Individual Army National Guard –

National Guard Excellence in Diversity Award.

This award is presented to the Army National Guard member who stands out from among their peers by consistently and significantly contributing to diversity and inclusion initiatives and ideas, institutionalizing best practices, building measurable milestones, and attaining individual or group diversity and inclusion goals.

“This award is as much for the Vermont National Guard, as it is for me,” said Knight. “This is not an individual effort from one person, but an effort from numerous teams working together to help grow our Guard to reflect our communities. The Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians throughout our organization work diligently to create opportunities for everyone to serve in the Vermont National Guard. It is those people this award is recognizing and honoring.”

Sling Load Training: Delta Company Infantry

Delta Company 3-172nd of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Mountain conducted sling load operations with a Chinook. The company was able to move over rough terrain with three vehicles in tow and establish a new area of operation.

Annual TAG Match '23

U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Airforce Airmen, Vermont National Guard, compete in the 2023 Tag Match at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, Vt. August 5.

The Adjutant General's Match is an annual event to test individual marksmanship capabilities, Major General Gregory Knight was present to address the competitors prior to the match and also partake.

Congratulations to all those who participated and placed in the individual and team events!

Crew Chiefs At Work

TIME Conference

The Massachusetts Air National Guard hosted Technical Sergeants from several Air National Guard units throughout Northeast (including Vermont) and members of the Paraguayan Armed Forces at the Technical Sergeants Involved and Mentoring Enlisted Airmen (TIME) Workshop at the Hanscom Air Force Base Conference Center, Massachusetts, Aug. 7.

Join Us for Open House '23

Saturday September 9th. From 10 AM - 3 PM. Located at Camp Johnson, Colchester Vermont.

This event is free, open to the public, and there is no registration required to attend.

Soldier Showcase Sept. 10th

Soldiers of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Assault an Objective.

The Vermont Army National Guard is excited to announce the return of the Soldier Showcase this year on Sunday, September 10th, at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, Vermont. From 10 AM - 3 PM. All parking will be located at MMU High School, visitors will be shuttled onto post. Shuttles will run every fifteen minutes through out the day. Don't forget to check out the Rappel wall!

This event is free, open to the public, and there is no registration required to attend.