the opposition to the Vermont Air Guard’s plans to host the F-35 stealth
fighters at Burlington International Airport is Rosanne Greco, the
volunteer chairwoman of the city council in South Burlington. She says her
experience in a convent and years in the Air Force have prepared her to take on
Vermont’s Congressional delegation has long called for the
Pentagon to cut its budget. But Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman
Peter Welch all support basing F-35s in Burlington because, they say, it might sustain hundreds of jobs.
And despite growing local opposition, the delegation says it’s committed to the program.
Major General Michael Dubie’s tenure as Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard will end this year, when he’s confirmed as deputy commander of NORTHCOM. Dubie talks with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about his years heading the guard and the issues his successor will face.