Published August 06, 2021
An F-35A Lightning II fighter jet, assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard, takes-off for a Red Flag 21-3 mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 23, 2021. Red Flag takes place over the Nevada Test and Training Range and provides the warfighter a flexible, realistic and multi-dimensional battle space to conduct advanced training of U.S. military services and coalition forces throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.,– Vermont Air National Guard members will return from Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base beginning Friday, 6 August.
“The Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing stood out as top performers during this most advanced Red Flag exercise,” said Command Chief Master Sergeant Jeffrey Stebbins, 158th Fighter Wing Command Chief. “Our Airmen trained in a 24 hour shift model, during some of the most extreme weather conditions they’ve faced to date, up to 115 degrees.”
More than 200 Airmen deployed for the three week exercise which provides pilots, aircrew and operators a realistic training environment to prepare them for any combat environment.
“Even in the extreme conditions, our Airmen make it look easy,” Stebbins said. “This is a true testament to their dedication and professionalism which underscores that every Airman knows their role and how important they are in the big picture.”
The 158th Fighter Wing will resume regular flying operations beginning Wednesday, 11 August. For additional information about the F-35, please visit www.vtguard.com/F-35.