Vt. airmen to return home

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A crew chief walks past an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia in December. (Photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)

A crew chief walks past an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia in December. (Photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)

About 300 airmen from the Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing will return home by the end of February after a three-month deployment, according to a VTANG press release.

“While deployed, the Green Mountain Boys provided air-to-ground attacks to support operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” the release said.

The Guard considered this mission, called Operation Inherent Resolve, “short-notice.” The non-technical term generally means the assignment came less than 30-days before the send-off.

Originally, officials wouldn’t say where the group was headed, only that airmen would be in the United States Central Command area, which includes Northern Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. A press release in December later clarified the wing would be flying combat missions in Iraq and Syria.

Officials would not specify the total number of Colchester airmen deploying but confirmed at least one resident was sent on this mission. In 2014, 56 of the 1,100 VTANG airmen called Colchester home, the second highest total in any town in Vermont or New York.