USAF Thunderbirds offer ride to 'hometown hero'


BURLINGTON >> The 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, in coordination with the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds," is extending their Hometown Hero Recognition Flight nomination.

The extended deadline is Sunday, July 10, to nominate a deserving individual from Vermont for a chance to fly along in an F-16 with one of the world's premier precision aerial demonstration squadrons, the U.S.Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds are marking 34 years as an aerial demonstration team, which includes approximately 40 maneuvers in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Assigned to Air Combat Command, the squadron is composed of nearly 130 Airmen skilled in more than two dozen Air Force job specialties.

The Vermont Air National Guard is celebrating 70 years of serving the state of Vermont and the United States Air Force. Approximately 1,000 fully trained capable service men and woman of which, over 700 are Vermonters are ready to assist the state of Vermont and U.S. Air Force during combat; national, local and statewide disasters or emergencies.

As Vermonters we pride ourselves in making a better community through the hard work and dedication of all who live here. In the days preceding an aerial demonstration, the Thunderbirds will typically offer to fly a local celebrity or recognized public figure. This year, in honor of the proud legacy of Vermonters and the 70th Anniversary of the VTANG Green Mountain Boys, the 158th Fighter Wing would like to champion the unsung heroes of our local community. What better way to do so than to hear from the residents of the state we love so much?

If you know someone who has made a significant impact in Vermont, be it a one-time life changing moment or a history of selfless service, VTANG wants to hear about it. Maybe the person is an underappreciated teacher, a humble firefighter, or lifelong volunteer for those thankless community service actions.

Choosing a selfless Vermonter to recognize as our Hometown Hero is a small way of saying "thank you" to one of the countless citizens who helps make Vermont the wonderful home it is today.

Application can be found on the 158th FW Facebook site, at, or via email to


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