Leahy Comment On The Upcoming Deployment Of The Vermont Air National Guard

(TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following statement related to the announced deployment of the 158th Fighter Wing to the Central Command Area of Operations.

Leahy, co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus said:  “The brave men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard once again are answering the call.  Our country knows that when you call in the Green Mountain Boys, you’re calling in the best.  Their outstanding reputation has been earned through skill and sacrifice.  Our pride in them is matched by our gratitude to them, their families, their employers and their communities.  Marcelle and I continue to be humbled by their tireless devotion to Vermont and the nation.  We are so proud of all that the Air Guard does, and we are behind them throughout this process.

Leahy continued: “The stresses that deployments place on Guard families are many, and they are constant.  It is important that we come together as a state to support not only our fellow Vermonters serving overseas, but everyone affected by their departure.  The burden of separation falls on loved ones and employers, and it is so important that their sacrifices and contributions do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  Marcelle and I will have the men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard and their families in our thoughts and prayers throughout the coming months.”

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