Fallen Heroes Memorial Rededication
I believe it is important to understand that the Soldiers we remember during Memorial Day, and their families and loved ones, are different. Service in our military is a choice. The Soldiers we honor here today, when asked to serve, didn’t say “I can’t” or “I won’t.” Knowing the challenges, the time away from family, work or school, and, at times the danger inherent with military service, our Fallen said “I will go.” That, to me, makes them, and their families, different. We are fortunate to have them. It is our duty to remember our Fallen, support their families, and know that we are their legacy. We should share their story as we are standing on their shoulders. They were Americans, unified with the common purpose of serving others, and making the world a better place while wearing the cloth of our nation. They were certainly a part of something much larger than themselves. Our Soldiers gave their lives in order to make freedom a possibility for others, strangers to them in a foreign land.
Memorial Day 2021
Vermont Airman honored during EMS week
Staff Sgt. Nathan Bourn, a munitions specialist at the Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing, is one first responder who has striven to live up to what this year’s theme is all about.
Bourn, an assistant fire chief with the Poultney, Vermont volunteer fire department, was the first to arrive on the scene of an active fire on April 3, 2021. Bourn discovered the garage quickly filling with smoke and found that the door to the main house was locked.
Knowing he had to find a way in before the fire spread from the garage, he took immediate action.
2021 Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award winner recognized in D.C.
Tech. Sgt. Kirby Addison, a special emphasis program manager for the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, was invited to Washington, D.C., after receiving the 2021 Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People earlier this year.
Addison, a full-time radio frequency transmission technician and quality assurance NCO assigned to the 158th communications flight, said he stepped into the additional role of special emphasis program manager in the wake of racial and societal tension after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, and was invited to D.C. in acknowledgement of the work and dedication he has since put into that role.
VTANG participates in F-35 acoustics, emissions testing
In April, aircraft and personnel assigned to both the 134th Fighter Squadron and 158th Maintenance Group, Vermont Air National Guard, travelled to the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, to perform tests alongside their Airmen, personnel from the F-35 Joint Program Office and members of the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Tests and evaluations were conducted to collect acoustic and bioenvironmental data in protective aircraft shelters specific to the F-35A Lightning II. Aircraft were run for two days in different shelters, while the rest of the two-week visit involved equipment set-up and test calibration.