State News
June 17, 2015

Vt. Nat’l Guard to send troops to Japan

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger.org

The Vermont National Guard announced plans Wednesday, June 10, for some 150 Vermont guardsmen and ten F-16 fighter jets of the 158th Fighter Wing of the Air Combat Command to be deployed to Okinawa, Japan, to supplement the U.S. security forces in the Pacific region.

A news release described the deployment as routine. The Vermont forces will contribute to a wide range of operations in the region, from disaster relief to combating piracy to active defense.

The timeline for the deployment of is unclear.

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