Thursday March 02, 2017
In support of Operation Inherent Resolve a squadron of F-16s and 310 airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing based in South Burlington, returned home last week February 22 and 23, after a three-month long deployment to the Middle East.
The Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) reports that due to the evolving requirements which had risen during the chaos of the Syrian Civil War, the Green Mountain Boys provided precision air-to-ground attack capabilities to support operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
While deployed, the squadron flew over 600 combat missions, which equates to over 4,000 hours in the jets.
“I am extremely proud of these 310 American Heroes, all volunteers, who spent the last two plus months taking the fight to the enemy. The Green Mountain Boys are an absolute class act and did a phenomenal job generating, executing and sustaining combat airpower in the fight against ISIS,” said Col. David C. Lyons, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander. “The one accomplishment that says the most about the character of our team during the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s deployment is the fact that we generated and launched 100% of the sorties tasked to this unit. Milestones like that don’t happen without incredible teamwork from every Airman on this installation.”
Operation Inherent Resolve is a Combat Joint Task Force tasked to combat the ISIS strong hold in Iraq and Syria. The VTANG, deployed in early December, flew combat missions in conjunction with coalition forces.
“It’s hard to describe the pride we have in not only the members themselves deploying but the families back here who took care of them, but to put it in some terms, they flew over a year’s worth of hours in just over two months,“ said Col. Patrick Guinee, 158th Fighter Wing commander, Vermont Air National Guard.