Some school children in St. Albans welcomed Vermont troops back home from Afghanistan Monday morning.
Another 373 Vermont Guard soldiers are back home. They are the last of the large groups to return from Afghanistan. Not all the guard soldiers are back in Vermont yet, but all of the guard soldiers are now out of Afghanistan.
Back in the days of WWII it took troops weeks to get home from the war zone. Often times they were transported back by ship. But for many soldiers today it can be just a matter of days between combat and their flights home.
Dozens of families got an early Christmas gift on Tuesday night. Another group of troops are home from the war zone.
More than 180 Green Mountain Boys were reunited with their families Monday after spending a year at war.
The holidays are a time when shoppers are making more purchases than usual and are less aware of their surroundings. Many thieves count on these common mistakes. But one Vermont soldier's wife is speaking out -- in hopes others will learn from her holiday nightmare.
A Green Mountain Boy who survived a deadly attack in Afghanistan is back in Vermont. He's still working to overcome devastating injuries, but he took a break from his therapy to welcome home the soldiers who saved his life.
Hugs and tears as Vermont troops were reunited with their families and friends. A group of more than 80 Vermont Guard troops who were stationed in eastern Afghanistan arrived home in the Green Mountain State Thursday.
A new dining facility at the Bagram Air field in Afghanistan has been dedicated to a Vermont National Guard soldier who was killed in action.
Another group of Vermont guard soldiers returned to the U.S. Tuesday. They are currently in Indiana.
A pair of best friends back together again—how a soldier and the dog he saved in Afghanistan were reunited in Vermont.
Two fallen Vermont National Guard soldiers are being honored in Afghanistan.
Quality health care is crucial to our men and women serving in the war zone, whether it's for routine medical treatment or the treatment of life threatening wounds.
Violence escalated this summer in Afghanistan, leaving our troops under the constant threat of attacks.
Thanksgiving greetings from area soldiers that ran on the Channel 3 News November 22-25.
The soldiers made a stopover at Bradley International Airport before heading on to Burlington.
Living conditions for our troops in Afghanistan vary widely. Food, shelter and safety are different depending where troops are stationed.
Some of the Vermont National Guard troops deployed to Afghanistan are back in Vermont.
Long days, dangerous missions; Vermont troops in Afghanistan have tough jobs and not much time off. But they make the most of it.
Mission Afghanistan has called to duty troops from all over Vermont -- many have seen battle before and many are far from young.
Most Vermont National Guard troops serving in Afghanistan should be home for the holidays.
Soldiers are trying to help kids learn and find work for people in the war-torn country.
Not far from the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan, some of the top military brass is making important decisions about the war. We got a rare look at the operations in Mission: Afghanistan.
Not much makes a deployed soldier happier than hearing from home. And guard troops in Afghanistan say the support they're getting from Vermont has never been greater.
A fallen marine from Swanton was laid to rest Saturday.
The commander of the Vermont National Guard paid a visit to his troops serving in Afghanistan.
A fallen Marine from Franklin County returned home Wednesday and hundreds of Vermonters stood to honor him.
Vermont still has about 1,500 Vermont troops deployed to Afghanistan. And some are trying to find out what the Afghan women want for their future.
The body of a U.S. Marine from Vermont who was killed in Afghanistan will arrive in Burlington Wednesday.
The military now says two Vermont National Guard soldiers were wounded in a shooting accident over the weekend.
Vermont has suffered another loss in the War in Afghanistan. A young Marine from Swanton was killed in the war zone.
The mission in Afghanistan is slow going for Vermont Guard soldiers. Our troops are trying to change minds and win the hearts of the Afghan people-- and their duties are often dangerous.
The insurgent leader blamed for the deaths of two Vermont National Guard soldiers has been killed.
Over 2 million girls go to school in Afghanistan today. Under the Taliban in the 1990s, almost none did. The Taliban has increased attacks on schools in the last year. But Vermont Guard soldiers are trying to keep schools safe and girls in class.
Vermont guard soldiers in Afghanistan are getting ready to leave. But despite the joyful anticipation, the mission remains difficult and dangerous. We got an update from Vermont's Commander Col. Will Roy from Bagram Air Field.
Sixty-six members of the Vermont National Guard's air ambulance unit were officially activated Friday to duty in Iraq.
More Vermont National Guard members have been called to duty.
The Vermont Air Guard will install a solar power array.
One of the jobs Vt. Guard troops are doing in Afghanistan is making sure an important trade route stays open. The Salang Tunnel is located at the top of an 11,000 foot mountain. It's the second highest road tunnel in the world.
Vermont said goodbye to a fallen soldier Wednesday. Sgt. Tristan Southworth was killed in Afghanistan. He was remembered as an athlete, friend and soldier.
The war in Afghanistan has many of our Vermont soldiers on the front lines. But behind the battles are guard members who make sure our military men and women are as prepared as they can be. That's the case for our guard soldiers serving at Camp Phoenix.
There's no doubting Vermont's support for the Green Mountain Boys overseas. And one business is taking an extra step in caring for our troops.
Funeral services were held Monday in Connecticut for one of the two Vermont National Guard soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week.
The body of a fallen soldier returned home to Vermont Sunday. "We lost a hero," said Corinne Brochu of Hardwick. Sergeant Tristan Southworth was one of two Vermont
A valley in north central Afghanistan is somewhat of a phenomenon. Why Vermont Guard troops call Panjshir a model for the rest of the country.
The soldier greetings that ran on Channel 3 News August 23-27.
Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie was brought to tears Tuesday, announcing the deaths of Sgt. Tristan Southworth of Walden, Vt., and Sgt. Steven Deluzio of South Glastonbury, Conn.
News of Sgt. Tristan Southworth's death traveled fast in the small Northeast Kingdom town of Walden.
Vermont soldiers at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan work long hours -- at least six days a week -- but when they do have some down time, most choose to go to the gym for a work out.
Vermonters have many roles in the Afghanistan War, including the creation of a working legal system. Vermont Guard officials say that's key in the development of a working government.
Vermont soldiers on the front lines face missile and mortar attacks and roadside bombs. But the Vermont National Guard is trying to make sure our soldiers are equipped to deal with those dangers and come home safely.
Not everything our soldiers are doing in Afghanistan involves dangerous and hostile missions. But in many ways those duties are just as important, if not more important, to the war effort.
Vermont Guard soldiers in Afghanistan are working face-to-face with local residents. They're trying to better the lives of the Afghan people to in turn strengthen security in the war-torn country.
About 1,500 Vt. Guard soldiers are in Afghanistan. They're spread out across the country and are doing a variety of jobs, including the most dangerous work involving convoys.
A WCAX News crews got a close-up look at the work the Vermont Guard is doing in Afghanistan. Darren Perron and Lance MacKenzie returned home Friday, excited to start sharing stories of Vermont guard members.
New photos of Vt. Guard members in Afghanistan from WCAX Photographer Lance MacKenzie.
Military flights in Afghanistan are hard to come by, especially if you're not military. Darren and Lance were bumped from a few flights during their time in Afghanistan.
Some Vermont guard members in Afghanistan snapped pictures of a WCAX News crew.
An update from Darren Perron in Afghanistan.
More photos from Vermont National Guard convoy mission.
WCAX News Photographer Lance MacKenzie was given the honor of attending the Ramp Ceremony for a fallen soldier.
On a dangerous mission with Vt. guard soldiers, Darren Perron heard directly from village elders how the U.S. is winning support from the Afghan people by helping with infrastructure projects.
Soldiers from Vermont and around the world are breaking bread in Afghanistan. They hope these small gestures of kindness can go a long way in changing attitudes across the world.
Darren and Lance join Vermont soldiers on a trip to a notoriously dangerous place where a water source has created controversy.
Darren and Lance join Vermont guard members on a surprise convoy to the Salang Tunnel, which is the primary trade route between the northern and southern parts of Afghanistan.
What is life in Afghanistan like for Vermont guard members? And what do they really need sent from home? A WCAX News crew embedded with the troops found some answers.
Fifteen-hundred Vermont Guard Members are deployed to Afghanistan and we now have a firsthand look at what they are experiencing.
Maybe it's because yesterday was such a flurry of activity, or maybe it's because I'm excited about what's next on our journey, but I can't sleep. So instead, I blog.
Police and Vermont guard members found explosives on the four taliban suspects including homemade bomb making materials.
Technology has been limited during our mission to Afghanistan so far. We are finally able to update the blog from Charikar, Afghanistan, the capital of Parwan province.
Joined with a local songwriter to send DVD's overseas
Heading to meet Vermont soldiers in the war zone
A WCAX News team is headed to Afghanistan to bring you the stories of Vermonters who are in the war zone. Reporter Darren Perron and photographer Lance MacKenzie checked in via Skype from Dubai Friday.
Mission Afghanistan had a delayed start for Darren and Lance. Check out Darren's first blog entry for more.
The Vermont National Guard Foundation is launching Operation Care Package. Its goal is to raise money to send care packages to every Vermont solider and airman in Afghanistan.
WCAX News has learned the Green Mountain Boys will be flying missions in Korea starting in 2011.
The military wants the controversial new F-35 fighter jet to come to Vermont. The National Guard says it's critical for the future of the Air Guard, but critics say it will hurt their neighborhoods.
WCAX News is sending a team to Afghanistan. Anchor Darren Perron and Photographer Lance MacKenzie will spend two weeks imbedded with Vermont National Guard troops.
Two Vermont National Guard members serving in Afghanistan will return to their civilian jobs as correctional officers at the Springfield prison after they get back from overseas.
Vermont National Guard soldiers play a key role in keeping Bagram Air Base functioning like a home away from home.
Governor Jim Douglas is returning to Vermont Sunday after a surprise trip to the Middle East.
Gov. Jim Douglas visited hundreds of Vermonters on his third day in the Middle East.
Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, who's in the Mideast this week with a delegation of four other U.S. governors, spent a second day in Iraq and also visited troops in Kuwait.
Gov. Jim Douglas is in Iraq meeting with Vermont troops still serving there. En route, he stopped by Walter Reed in Washington, D.C., to visit Vermont's wounded soldiers.
Operation Sweet Tooth has made its way to the war zone.
The Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation got a donation Tuesday from the Stars and Stripes Air show.
It was a somber day in the Northeast Kingdom. A soldier whose life was cut way too short was laid to rest.
A fallen National Guard soldier is back home in Vermont. The remains of Specialist Ryan Grady of West Burke arrived at the Air Guard Base in South Burlington Wednesday.
It was a case of puppy love. A group of Vermont National Guard soldiers saved a stray puppy in Afghanistan. They decided to keep her and find a way to send her home to the states.
Family members of Specialist Ryan Grady are talking about their fallen hero.
Vt. Guard provides medical training in the war zone.
A spokesperson for the Vermont National Guard says four soldiers who were injured by a roadside bomb last week are now in the United States being treated at military hospitals.
A group of friends made sure a Vermont guardsman serving in Afghanistan has a relaxing and fun two-week break.
The Vermont National Guard says its helicopters are going to be flying more than normal this week.
Lamos joined other Lamoille County residents to honor America's birthday with a big parade in Morrisville.
The body of a Vermont National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan is back in the United States.
A member of the Vt. National Guard was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, four others were injured.
Man dressed as Superman strolls thru Montpelier
More than 1,500 Vermont Guard soldiers are currently deployed overseas. That can be difficult for the families they leave behind. But a camp in Fairlee is trying to ease the burden a bit by providing fun for families.
An outpouring of support for Vermont National Guard Troops serving in Afghanistan.
A guard member who was laid off from his state job right before he deployed to Afghanistan now has a new job waiting for him when he returns.
A Vermont Air Guard member is serving thousands of miles away in Afghanistan. But she is getting some help, right in her own back yard.
The Vermont National Guard's mission in Afghanistan includes the daily danger of improvised explosive devices.
Sen. Patrick Leahy is spearheading an effort to get additional funding to pay for National Guard equipment.
The Vermont Guard's mission in Afghanistan is meeting with success, but their commander warns against complacency in the months ahead.
A pair of Olympic bobsledders are about to be deployed for overseas duty with the Vermont Guard.
The Vermont National Guard is getting hundreds of socks thanks to the kindness of neighbors.
Vermont National Guard soldiers were involved in a violent clash in Afghanistan Wednesday.
Fifteen-hundred Vermont Guard soldiers are deployed to Afghanistan, but tonight, a handful are getting some R and R back home in Vermont. Capt. Miles Trudell says coming home has been bittersweet, even though it is only for two short weeks.
The family of a Vt. National Guard member who rescued a dog in Afghanistan is trying to raise money to bring the puppy to Vermont.
When Vermont soldiers serving in Afghanistan found a puppy wrapped in razor wire, they knew they had to help. Now one family is working to get the soldiers' new best friend to Vermont.
It is against Guard policy to inform the public of wounds members suffer on duty.
A Vermont National Guard soldier from Brookfield is recovering from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb hit his truck in Afghanistan.
More than 2,000 Vermonters are currently registered with the Vt. National Guard and Tuesday, an organization made serving their country easier to do. Several local companies pledged to keep Vermonters working once they return home.
WCAX News has obtained a first glimpse into the work that Vermont National Guard soldiers are doing in Afghanistan.
Vermont National Guard troops serving in Afghanistan are doing some dangerous duty, including encounters with roadside bombs. Their commander, Col. Will Roy, talked to WCAX News from Afghanistan.
The man leading a brigade of Vermonters in Afghanistan says his soldiers are having great success.
A Vermont soldier serving in Afghanistan says the mission is going well, and her unit's morale remains high.