Vermont Air National Guard to train in Nevada for 3 weeks

July 10, 2021 GMT


The Vermont Air National Guard will be training with its F-35 fighter jets in Nevada for three weeks starting next week.

The airmen, F-35 aircraft and support equipment will be leaving on Wednesday for Nellis Air Force Base for the exercise known as Red Flag, the Guard said. That means there will be no local flying of F-35s in Vermont from this coming Friday through Aug. 6, the Guard said.

“We have prepared since the first F-35s arrived in Sept 2019,” Lt. Col. John MacRae, the 134th Fighter Squadron commander, said in a statement. “This Red Flag is our Wing’s capstone exercise to test our pilots and maintenance professionals’ ability to accomplish the mission.”

Other Air Force and Navy aircraft will be participating, he said.

“This Red Flag will be the first time two F-35A squadrons have participated together,” MacRae said.