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Vermont Guard members head to Texas

MONTPELIER — Four members of the Vermont National Guard are heading to Texas this week to provide communications assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, said the four-person public affairs team are from the Vermont Army and Air National Guard. They will be stationed at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. Cray said they are heading to Texas at the request of the Texas National Guard and will provide public affairs support to the Defense Support of Civil Authority mission and conduct media operations. Continue Reading →

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Police weigh Trump order on military equipment

MONTPELIER — Heavy-duty military equipment, including armored vehicles and grenade launchers, may soon be available again to Vermont police departments after the Trump administration revoked an Obama-era ban on their distribution — but some municipal agencies say they aren’t interested. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday to fully reinstate a program that allows police departments to obtain surplus military gear from the Pentagon. That program was substantially scaled back by President Barack Obama in January 2015 after police in Ferguson, Missouri, responded to civil unrest with military-style gear in 2014. “The recommendations issued pursuant to Executive Order 13688 do not reflect the policy of the executive branch,” Trump’s new order reads. “All executive departments and agencies are directed, as of the date of this order and consistent with Federal law, to cease implementing those recommendations and, if necessary, to take prompt action to rescind any rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies implementing them.”

The Obama administration, after review by a working group, created a list of prohibited equipment that would no longer available to police. Continue Reading →

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Report: Vermont National Guard sees fewer sexual assault reports

MONTPELIER — Members of the Vermont National Guard reported fewer instances of sexual assault in 2014 than they did the year before, according to a report issued Tuesday. According to the report, during fiscal year 2014 — Oct. 1, 2013 through September 2014 — three members of the Vermont National Guard reported being the victims of sexual assault. This figure is half of the six sexual assault reports received during fiscal year 2013. “The Vermont National Guard is making real progress in building a culture of dignity and respect in our organization,” said Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, the Vermont adjutant general. Continue Reading →

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