Delegation Statement on F-35s

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 3 – Vermont’s congressional delegation – Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch – along with Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement today after the Air Force announced its decision on basing F-35 aircraft at the Vermont Air National Guard:

“The Air Force decision to base its newest generation of planes in Burlington is a tribute to the Vermont Air National Guard, which is the finest in the nation.  It reflects the Guard’s dedication to its mission and long record of outstanding performance.  The Air Force has made clear that this aircraft, which will anchor our national air defenses, is the Air Force’s future.  Now the men and women of Vermont’s Air National Guard have been chosen for a vital role in that future.  The decision ensures the Vermont Air Guard’s continuing mission and protects hundreds of jobs and educational opportunities for Vermonters while securing its significant contribution to the local economy.  We appreciate the Guard’s commitment to continue working with its airport neighbors to address legitimate concerns about noise and other environmental concerns.”