Vermont National Guard forms partnership with Austria

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 7:34 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Representatives from the Vermont National Guard and the Republic of Austria have formed a partnership.

Wednesday on the Vermont Statehouse steps a ceremony was held marking the beginning of the relationship under the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership. The program has connected more than 90 countries to respective National Guards. The Vermont National Guard was notified back in October 2021.

Gov. Phil Scott was at the ceremony and says this gives us a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Austria.

“We already have a good foundation. We already have a good relationship with the Austrians. Now we can further-- broaden that to more economic and other areas and civilian areas,” said Scott, R-Vermont.

Vermont is now one of the five states with three state partnerships.

The partnership between Austria and Vermont started nearly 30 years ago in order to build a state-of-the-art Mountain Warfare School.

In the coming years, the two militaries plan to conduct many exchanges to mutually improve in areas such as cyber defense, information operations, military mountaineering and humanitarian and disaster assistance response.

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