• Air Guard Has Assumed Heightened Role since 9/11, James Says

    Air Guard Has Assumed Heightened Role since 9/11, James Says0

    The National Guard has become an increasingly critical component of the Air Force since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fulfilling a substantial share of the service’s missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and assuming new roles such as cybersecurity. “There’s no single institution that has been transformed in the last 15 years as much, I think, as the National Guard has been transformed,” Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Saturday during the National Guard Association of the United States annual conference in Baltimore. Over that time the Air National Guard has become significantly more integrated with the active component …

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  • Judge Hears Lawsuit against Basing F-35s at Vermont Guard Base

    Judge Hears Lawsuit against Basing F-35s at Vermont Guard Base0

    A federal judge heard arguments last week in a lawsuit seeking to hamper the Air Force’s plan to base 18 F-35A fighter jets at Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt. The plaintiffs, six citizens and the city of Winooski, claim the federal government’s environmental impact statement (EIS) was flawed as it underestimated the level of noise caused by the fifth-generation aircraft as well as its impact on health and local property values. The suit seeks to force the Air Force to reopen the EIS, reported WPTZ. The F-35 is significantly louder than the F-16 it would replace, according to the EIS. The Air Force announced its selection of the Air Guard station at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington to host a squadron of F-35s in 2013. Officials have said they expect Vermont’s first F-35 will arrive at the Air National Guard base in 2019. Last month, the judge granted South Burlington’s request to support the lawsuit. Rather than joining the lawsuit as a plaintiff, though, the city submitted an amicus brief.

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  • Air Force Considering 18 National Guard Sites to Host F-35A Squadrons

    Air Force Considering 18 National Guard Sites to Host F-35A Squadrons0

    The Air Force has identified 18 sites it will consider in its search for two Air National Guard bases to host F-35A Lightning II squadrons, officials said Wednesday. The two Guard installations are scheduled to receive their first aircraft in the summer of 2022. Air Combat Command and the Air National Guard will conduct site surveys at each candidate location in an effort to narrow the list to four sites, spokesman Capt. Mark Graff told the Wisconsin State Journal. At that point, the service will conduct environmental impact analyses before making a final decision …

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