Vermont National Guard members to head to Europe

April 9, 2022 GMT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Members of the Vermont National Guard will be deployed temporarily to Europe early next month to enhance NATO’s defense and support its air policing, guard officials said.

Guard members are expected to be briefed on the mission during a drill this weekend, WCAX-TV reported.

They will join thousands of U.S. soldiers already deployed to support the nation’s allies following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, myNBC5 reported.

“The National Guard is proud to continue our support our allies with ongoing missions,” Maj. J. Scott Detweiler wrote in a statement.

The support of NATO’s air policing mission includes defending airspace over nations bordering Ukraine’s to the west and southwest.