U.S. Army Associated Unit Pilot partner


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Mission Statement:

The Vermont National Guard is a premier National Guard organization – ready, reliable, and relevant. We are a diverse team proudly answering our nation's call and providing value to our communities. We strive to be innovative in our approach across a broad spectrum of missions and committed to developing our people.



On Oct. 15, 2016, in Vermont, Soldiers of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Vermont National Guard, removed their unit patch and donned the 10th Mountain Division (LI) patch, formalizing the ongoing partnership between the two units under the U.S. Army’s Associated Unit Pilot program.

The AUP program was initiated to enhance unit readiness and reshape the Army’s forces to more effectively meet national security requirements.

The patching ceremony solidified the units’ relationships and allows the 10th Mountain Division to continue to build upon partnerships and strengthen its fighting force as one of the most deployed divisions in the Army.

The 10th Mountain Division serves as the primary Total Army active-duty partner in the Northeast, maintaining partnerships with nine Army National Guard and four Army Reserve units over a footprint that includes New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Massachusetts.

This partnership mutually benefits each unit, enabling the use of both Vermont National Guard and Fort Drum facilities to train and prepare for future exercises and upcoming deployments.


(Last updated August 2018)

Subordinate battalions:

  • 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) (Connecticut National Guard)

  • 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment (Mountain) (Colorado National Guard)

  • 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) (Vermont National Guard, New Hampshire National Guard, Maine National Guard)

  • 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition, or RSTA)

  • 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment (Massachusetts National Guard and Vermont National Guard)

  • 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion

  • 186th Brigade Support Battalion