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Former Vt. adjutant general reflects on career

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

He saw the deployment of 1,500 Vermont National Guard troops to Afghanistan in 2010.

"I'll never stop appreciating the families I got to deal with. We had some really good times, but as you remember we had some really bad times too, so really it was an honor to be the adjutant general," said Gen. Michael Dubie.

After serving as Vermont adjutant general for six years, Dubie left Vermont to take on a new role in 2012. He traded in the Green Mountains for the Rockies as the deputy commander of Northern Command, known as NORTHCOM, and vice commander of the U.S. element of NORAD, the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command, at Peterson Air Force base in Colorado.

"It's a great job. Every day we get up, come to work to protect North America, that's what we do here," said Dubie.

Dubie says the military is keeping a close eye on Russia after dozens of close military calls with the West over the past few months prompting some to wonder if this is the start of a new Cold War era.

"If you remember when the Vermont F-16s sat alert all those years, to protect the coast, well we're doing that now out of NORAD and NORTHCOM every day because the Russians seem to be very active," said Dubie.

For now, Dubie says his main focus is protecting America, but eventually he says he wants to return home.

"Happy holidays, merry Christmas, and to all the citizens in Vermont, really miss you all," said Dubie.

And as for any political aspirations?

"I'll leave that to my brother Brian," said Dubie.

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