Vermont ANG Welcomes Final F-35A Lightning II

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, is greeted by Airmen as he lands the wing's final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)
Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, is greeted by Airmen as he lands the wing's final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, is greeted by Airmen as he lands the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, addresses Airmen, media and honorary commanders during a ceremony at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base marking the arrival of the wing's final F-35A Lightning II, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)
Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, addresses Airmen, media and honorary commanders during a ceremony at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base marking the arrival of the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Gear belonging to Col. David “Caesar” Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, rests in front of the final F-35A Lightning II to be delivered to the wing after a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, addresses Airmen, media and honorary commanders during a ceremony at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base marking the arrival of the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, is joined by an Airman to display the Vermont state flag and Green Mountain Boy battle flag after Shevchik landed the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, addresses Airmen, media and honorary commanders during a ceremony at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base marking the arrival of the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, displays the Vermont state flag after he lands the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, is greeted by Airmen as he lands the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, touches down in the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, pilots the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, pilots the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, pilots the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, pilots the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)

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