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News | Sept. 2, 2020

Over 70 Airmen prepare to deploy from 158th FW

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More than 70 Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing will deploy starting in September 2020 for up to six months to multiple locations across three continents.

Airmen will deploy in small groups throughout the fall in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. European Command.

“The women and men of our Air Guard will experience great developmental opportunities down range,” said Col. Adam T. Rice, 158th FW vice commander. “They get to put their years of training and hard work to use in a very practical way, in support of not only the U.S. Air Force and our allies, but of our country as a whole.”

These Airmen encompass the expeditionary combat support units of the Vermont Air National Guard that include logistics, civil engineering, communications, comptrollers, first sergeants, personnel, services, contracting, supply, ground transportation, air transportation and medical. The deployment locations will be in Africa, Europe and the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.

These deployments will not affect F-35A Lightning II operations, which will remain on their current flight schedule: Tuesdays through Fridays with morning and afternoon takeoffs as well as flight hours on the first non-holiday weekend of the month and one Sunday every three months.

The final rotation of Airmen in this deployment cycle will return to the 158th Fighter Wing by the summer of 2021.

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