Vermont Army National Guard commander retires

Published: Jul. 15, 2018 at 7:33 PM EDT
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The commander of the Vermont Army National Guard retired Sunday.

Brig. Gen. Michael Heston had served in the role since 2014. Heston commanded at all levels from platoon to brigade and is a veteran of three deployments to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He was responsible for providing leadership, mentoring, oversight and evaluation to the Guard.

"I was able to take advantage of opportunities given to me I tried to make the best decisions I can for the organization. I am grateful to have been in command to be a leader, to be a decisionmaker, but I am ready to retire," said Heston.

Brig. Gen. Rich Lebel is the new commander of the Vermont Army National Guard.