State News

Vt. Nat’l Guard to send troops to Japan

By Elizabeth Hewitt,

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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