Leahy, Sanders and Welch have said “there will be no mission for the Vermont Air National Guard if it’s not the F-35,” but the Air Force and the courts say otherwise.
Ret. Col. Rosanne Greco and Ret. Lt. Col. Roger Bourassa were arrested on trespassing charges at Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office.
Opponents of the controversial fighter jet are staging new public actions while military officials reaffirm the Guard’s mission.
Though he rails against Pentagon spending and it belies his progressive roots, the Democratic presidential candidate has long supported military projects, especially those for his home state.
The measure that passed 22-7 was a stripped-down version of the original and toned down or removed several claims.
If Vermont’s F-35s are assigned a nuclear mission, then the beginning of a nuclear war could start from Vermont.
Vermont won’t likely be a site for nuclear weapons — but activists say housing nuclear-capable fighter jets makes Burlington a target either way.
The selection comes at a time when the Guard has faced increased scrutiny after allegations of improper activity, including sexual harassment and assault, and retaliation against a whistleblower.
Having a nuclear bomber based in the middle of our residential communities dramatically changes the situation.
The four candidates presented their ideas before two legislative committees. Lawmakers will select a new adjutant general on Feb. 21.
Retired Col. Rosanne Greco promised to foster a culture of transparency — and continue opposing a new fleet of fighter jets — if she is the next adjutant general.
Seeking lawmakers’ votes, adjutant general candidates promise reforms to a Vermont National Guard under fire. Three men and a woman are seeking the post.
The Pentagon grounded the F-35 fleet after a crash in South Carolina in September apparently caused by a fuel tube problem.
The governor, an ardent backer of the fighter jets scheduled to arrive next year, traveled on a military aircraft to meet with the Air Force secretary.