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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

State Environmental Review Not Required For F-35's

Credit U.S. Air Force

Opponents of a plan to bring a state-of-the-art fighter jet to Vermont are disputing a judge’s ruling that basing the F-35 in Burlington does not need state environmental review.

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North Country News
9:00 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Vermont Guard Releases Noise Plan For New Jets

Credit U.S. Air Force

The Vermont National Guard is outlining its plans to mitigate the noise of the new F-35 fighter jets due to arrive in Burlington in six years.

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North Country News
3:30 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

VT National Guard Reports 6 Sex Assaults

Credit U.S. Air Force/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Vermont National Guard says six reported sexual assaults occurred among its ranks within the last fiscal year.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Opponents Continue Fight Against Jet, Supporters Pleased With F-35 Burlington Beddown

Credit U.S. Air Force

National Guard officials and Senator Patrick Leahy announced Tuesday that the U.S. Air Force will base 18 F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont air guard facility.  Opponents plan to continue their efforts to stop the plane from coming to Vermont. Supporters, ecstatic with the selection, say it’s time to move forward.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

F-35 To Be Housed At Vermont Air Guard Base

Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Steven Cray (right) announces F-35 siting decision as Governor Peter Shumlin, Senator Patrick Leahy and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger observe.
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont Air Guard Base at the Burlington International Airport has been chosen to host the new state of the art, and controversial, F-35 fighter jet.

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New England News
8:11 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Officials Assess Shutdown's Vt. Impact

Credit Courtesy VT Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says it's time for Congress to stop hampering the state’s fragile economic recovery and find a responsible solution to what he calls a manufactured crisis.

Shumlin was joined by Vermont National Guard officials and others Monday to outline how the federal government shutdown is affecting state. They said an estimated 5,000 federal workers who live in Vermont are seeing reduced hours or furloughs, and a monthly National Guard training weekend affecting 3,000 troops was canceled.

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North Country News
10:45 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

VT Guard Postpones Drill Due to Shutdown

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The head of the Vermont National Guard says he's postponing the October drill weekend because of the federal government shutdown.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Burlington City Council Hears From Residents About F35 Plan

F35 Fighter Jet
Credit U.S. Air Force

The Burlington City Council heard public comment Monday night on a controversial U.S. Air Force proposal to base F-35 fighter jets at the National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Vermont Guard Officials Discuss F35

Vermont National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Air Brigadier General Dick Harris (left) and Air Guard fighter squadron commander Lt. Colonel Dan Finnegan
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The U.S. Air Force is in the process of deciding where it will base a new jet, the F-35. Burlington International Airport, which is the host airfield for the Vermont Air National Guard, is on the short list and a preferred site for hosting the state-of-the-art plane. But the idea is controversial, with split votes in surrounding communities over support for the aircraft.
Thursday morning, Vermont National Guard officials met with the media to discuss issues relating to the F-35.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Error in F-35 Report Inflames Basing Debate

F-35
Credit USAF

The U.S. Air Force says information regarding support for basing the new F-35 fighter jet at the Burlington International Airport was overstated in the just released revised Environmental Impact Statement.  But supporters say the corrected numbers are still skewed because officials are counting a petition with more than 10,000 signatures as only one comment.

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