Press Release

After month in Capitol, VT Guard practices ‘peacekeeping’ in Europe

Albanian soldiers suppress simulated opposing forces during crowd control training as part of KFOR 29 at Hohenfels, Germany, June 26, 2021. Allies and partners take part in KFOR 29 training in order to increase interoperability and prepare the unit for peace support, stability and contingency operations in Kosovo in support of civil authorities. NATO has been leading the international peacekeeping force in Kosovo since June 1999 to ensure a secure, stable and multi-ethnic Kosovo. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Enrique Moya

By Capt. Mike Arcovitch 172nd Public Affairs Detachment

Only weeks after a grueling year of COVID-19 support to Vermont and a month long mission to Washington, D.C. for Operation Capitol Response, 900 Soldiers from the Vermont Army National Guard are now deployed across the globe in support of various missions fulfilling our federal missions.

Around 400 Soldiers from the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) left Vermont in May, bound for validation training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Soldiers completed validation at Fort McGregor, New Mexico, while a small group validated and processed through the Conus Replacement Center at Fort Bliss. The training at Fort McGregor prepared Soldiers for their final training event that occurs at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Temperatures frequently soared into the 100s in west Texas and New Mexico, with zero humidity and frequent sandstorms. The red sand of Fort McGregor and the surrounding jagged, brown mountain ranges are beautiful, but not at all reminiscent of Vermont. That changed quickly upon our arrival to Germany.

Soldiers from the Vermont Army National Guard arrived in Nuremberg, Germany after nearly 16 hours of travel including multiple stops. Upon arrival, we loaded buses bound for Camp Albertshof, Hohenfels, Germany. The drive through southeastern Germany left one to wonder if we were driving through the Northeast Kingdom. The deep greens, sprawling valleys, and the tall rounded mountains are all too familiar. The architecture, however, painted a picture of a deeper history, far older than Vermont’s customary colonials. The history of even the most common building or neighborhood is palpable, with newer and much more modern buildings dotting the urbanized areas. Our arrival and drive through Germany was refreshing with familiar weather and backdrop.

Arriving in Hohenfels, we quickly established where we’d be staying for the next several weeks – large white tents with 50 or so green Army cots per tent. Generators provide power, and three trailers provide small space for male and female showers, and washer and dryers.

The Joint Multinational Readiness Center located at Camp Albertshof, Hohenfels, Germany, is hosting seven other nations in addition to U.S. forces. We have had the opportunity to observe and cover Albanian, Moldovan, Romanian and U.S. Soldiers training, and conducted interviews about training specifics from Slovenian, German, and U.S. instructors. Each nation is preparing for the culminating training event which will have our Vermont Soldiers (among other nations), interact with civilian actors and fight off OPFOR (opposing forces and/or enemy actor units). At the culmination of this event, we will again pack up our gear and head out to our mission as part of Operation Joint Guardian, KFOR 29, in various locations across Kosovo.

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6 replies »

  1. Of course I’m not sure, but I hope, and be willing to bet that the Guard are receiving a warmer, more respectful welcome, and thanks in foreign countries than they did in Washington D.C. The way the National guard was treated in our Capitol in the days after Jan. 6th was disgraceful.

  2. I’m unclear about why the “National” Guard is serving across the globe – internationally. And exactly what are the “missions” spoken of?

    Perhaps our southern borders would be a much more appropriate “mission”?

    Also, did Scott volunteer these troops for this? I have a vague remembrance of him offering them up, so to speak.

  3. Probably training so they can herd us into corrals when the up risings starts as we try to take our country back from the radical left government that is trying to squash its citizens

    • Indeed. Once they tell us we all need to strip naked to shower in a grouping of large buildings…..we’ll know we should have fought against these criminal lunatics many years ago.

  4. Make no mistake. This training is all about the use of the U.S. military to suppress your civil rights. The first feasibility test was their deployment to Washington D.C. after the demonstration at the Capitol Building. They learned from that trial that there would be no effective resistance from the U.S. Congress to prevent the use of force to abolish civil liberties that may stand in their way. If you are still thanking current military members for their service, you don’t have a clue about what is occurring in this country!

  5. The Vermont National Guard has been training with the Macedonian Army in Europe, and here in Vermont for years. I really don’t think that these cross training exercises in Germany are that foreboding, or even suspicious . I do however think that at this particular time the Guards presence could be better utilized, and more appreciated on our Southern boarder than at a training in Europe.