There is an unforgettable photo of F16’s from the Vermont Air National Guard over New York City in the hours after the attacks of September 11 th . A source of great pride for our Green Mountain Boys forever ensconced in a time of national tragedy. On that day our Nation was under attack and the threat was unknown. But the brave men and women of the 158th Fighter Wing did not hesitate for a milli-second to put in place all that they had trained and prepared for. And in those days after the Twin Towers fell,
when the skies were void of airline traffic, the only sound we did hear were the F16’s coming and going from their patrols over the east coast. It was a sound that made us feel safe, a sound that confirmed for us we were being protected, it is the sound of our freedom.