The Vermont National Guard says the United States Air Force has delayed the release of a final environmental impact statement on where to base its next-generation fighter jet, the F-35, until the fall.
Vermont Air National Guard Brigadier General Steven Cray is going to be the state's next adjutant general. Cray says it's an honor to be elected to the top post in the Vermont National Guard, but he's taking office at a challenging time.
The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to elect the next chief of the state's National Guard. Three of the candidates vying to become the next leader of the Vermont National Guard have decades of military service. The fourth isn't a guard member and is running to oppose the possibility the Air Force could send the F-35 fighter plane to Vermont.
The Select Board in Bennington has approved an agreement with the Vermont National Guard that will allow the town to acquire the Bennington armory if and when a new one is constructed for the local unit.
The town broached the idea of exchanging the properties in June 2011 as a potential spot for a new readiness center to replace the local Vermont National Guard headquarters. The Guard had been looking at multiple sites in Bennington County.
Brigadier General Thomas Drew took command of the Vermont Air and Army National Guard in a ceremony Friday morning at the Guard's Green Mountain Armory in Colchester.
Drew, who lives in Florence in Rutland County, took over as state adjutant general from Major General Michael Dubie, who is moving to Colorado to take the No. 2 post in the U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for overall homeland defense.
Drew will serve in the post until next winter when the Legislature will elect a permanent replacement.