Major General Michael Dubie shed a few tears on Thursday knowing he's leaving the Vermont National Guard. He's been a member of the Guard for 33 years and general for six years.
"I'm a Vermonter and I will always be a Vermonter, and I will be very happy," Dubie said faintly and started to cry, "when I get done and come back home."
Dubie was born and raised in Vermont. He started his military career as a member of the University of Vermont's ROTC program and was a part of the guard's Aviation Battalion. In 2006, he became Commander and oversaw many deployments of our green mountain boys. He also took part in overseeing the largest deployment since World War II, when 1,500 Vermonters shipped out to Afghanistan. Looking back on his career in Vermont, he's proud of the work the guard has accomplished and says he'll miss those he's served with.
"It's one team, one fight," said Dubie, "whether you're a civilian, in the military and the Vermont National Guard, we all work together."
Dubie expects for the next 2 to 3 years to reside in Colorado as a Lieutenant General for NORTHCOM. He'll become the number two official in the U.S. Military homeland defense mission and says he never expected this career opportunity.
"I never thought I'd be a three-star general," Dubie said getting choked up, "it would be nice if my parents were here."
Although the separation is a big change, Dubie is excited for his new position at NORTHCOM. And by the end of the press conference he cracked a smile knowing he'll always have a place here in Vermont.
"For the first time in my life, I can say I have to vote absentee ballot because I'll be gone," said Dubie with a chuckle.
A salute to a military icon for the guard and the state of Vermont.
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