Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has received and responded to a letter from U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson regarding the F-35 mission at Burlington International Airport.
In the letter, Wilson said if the decision were reversed, the Vermont Air National Guard would likely lose its flying mission after the F-16’s are retired.
Weinberger said he welcomed the response and agreed with the secretary saying in part, reversing the F-35 basing decision would also jeopardize hundreds of jobs and threaten the strength of our region’s economy.
Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, released the following statement:
“The Vermont National Guard thanks Secretary Wilson for her careful review of the resolutions sent to her from Vermont. We appreciate the confirmation of the decision that was made in 2013. As we have previously stated, the men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard continue preparing for the arrival of the F35 in September of 2019. We will be ready.”
In April, Burlington’s City Council voted to cancel the F-35’s because of noise issues near the airport.