Statewide F-35 Petition

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Sign the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Petition

Support the F-35A

And Our

Vermont Air National Guard!

The United States Air Force (USAF) has identified the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) based in Burlington, VT as one of two preferred alternative operational bases for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, which will replace the legacy and aging F-16s. The Vermont Air National Guard and our Green Mountain Boys have a world renowned reputation and tradition of flying at the Burlington International Airport since July 1st, 1946 and serving to protect our country at home and abroad.

Selection by the USAF and investment would continue a proud 66 year tradition of the VTANG and show an unprecedented level of support and confidence in the VTANG. The new fleet of F-35s would also secure the future of VTANG for the next 3-4 decades and ensure key economic benefits.

Key Economic Reasons to Base the F-35A in Vermont:

  • Retention of 1,100 employees of the Vermont Air National Guard (400 full-time & 700 part-time)
  • $53M annual payroll that significantly contributes to the economic vitality of the local and statewide economy
  • $2.5 M annually (14% of the Airport Budget) in airport fire & rescue services provided to BTV by the VTANG
  • $27,000 per drill weekend revenue (hotel, food, services contract): $325,000 per year
  • $50,000 per mission training center monthly revenue (airfare, hotels, per diem, rental cars)
  • Economic livelihood of Vermont companies and employees that manufacture parts and components for the F-35A platform
  • Assuming a full build out of the F-35A, Vermont could benefit with additional jobs and payroll impact:
    • 173 direct jobs for $24,747,374 direct dollars and 485 indirect jobs for $27,222,114 indirect dollars

WE NEED YOUR VOICE AND STATEWIDE SUPPORT!

Even though the official comment period for the F-35 Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has ended, the local debate in Chittenden County continues. This is not just a local opportunity; it’s a statewide opportunity with statewide implications if the VTANG is not selected to base the F-35.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION, JOIN WITH YOUR STATEWIDE VERMONT CHAMBER COMMUNITY AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT OF THE VTANG AND THE F-35!

By signing this petition, you consent and agree to the use of your name in support of this effort.  

For questions, contact Chris Carrigan at (802) 223-0904, ccarrigan@vtchamber.com