Thursday September 15, 2016
Sunday, September 11, the 158th Fighter Wing (FW), Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG), hosted key members of the local community during the VTANG’s Flag Retreat Ceremony recognizing the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Inducted into the VTANG Honorary Commander Program (HCCP) were South Burlington residents Lisa Ventriss of the Vermont Business Round Table and Jack Russell of Century 21 Jack Associates. Also inducted were Win Smith, Kevin Owens, and Tommy Harmon.
The HCCP provides the 158FW Commander and the VTANG a great community outreach opportunity. Civilian leaders are paired with specific units on base and encouraged to exchange ideas, experiences and build/nurture friendships. The purpose of the program is two-fold: It allows community participants to become more aware of the important VTANG, USAF, and Department of Defense military mission; it also allows military commanders and their units to learn more about the community in which they live. Public trust and community support are keys to a strong military structure.