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  • August 9, 2022
    9:00am - 11:30am
    Session Type: Meeting
    Session Capacity: N/A

    We invite captive owners attending the 2022 VCIA Annual Conference to join us on a tour of the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) in South Burlington, Vermont. The VTANG is the home of the 158th Fighter Wing. Federally recognized in August of 1946 with the 134th Fighter Squadron, the Green Mountain Boys began their first flying mission with the F-47 and historically became the first Air National Guard unit to base the F-35A Lightning II, the most advanced and capable weapon system in the U.S. Air Force.   

    Their mission is to provide the nation and state a Ready Force skilled in the execution of a broad spectrum of global and domestic operations.   

    Colonel David W. Shevchik, Jr., the Commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, will welcome the group and give a history of the Green Mountain Boys, who were instrumental in the founding of Vermont. In addition to an in-depth tour, there will also be a risk management panel at the facility that will comprise of various VTANG staff who focus on different risk areas. Plus, captive owners will be given an opportunity to view an F-35 launch if possible!   


    We invite you to network with fellow colleagues while learning about Vermont’s vast air capabilities and rich history.  

    Transportation will depart at 9:15 am from the DoubleTree conference center lobby. Those who plan to attend must be a US citizen and complete a security form by July 15th.   


    Facilitators: Col. David Shevchik, Vermont Air National Guard  

    Coordinator: Brittany Nevins, Captive Insurance Economic Development Director, State of VT  


Session Speakers
Organization: Vermont Air National Guard

Colonel David W. Shevchik, Jr. is the Commander, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, South Burlington, Vermont. He is responsible for ensuring the Wing is ready to defend, execute combat operations, and sustain follow-on forces. He is entrusted with operation, readiness, training, morale and welfare, installation support and quality of life for 1,000 personnel assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing. Colonel Shevchik attended the United States Air Force Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1999 upon graduation. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, and follow-on F-16 training at Kelly Field, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Colonel Shevchik then served in multiple positions while assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. He completed a year tour in the Republic of Korea as a Brigade and Division level Air Liaison Officer. Upon his return to Shaw Air Force Base, he served in various positions within the 79th Fighter Squadron and the 20th Fighter Wing. In 2007, Colonel Shevchik transferred to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard. He attended the United States Air Force Weapons School 2009 and served in various positions within the 134th Fighter Squadron. Colonel Shevchik served as the Maintenance Squadron Commander from 2013-2016, and then attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Following his return to Vermont, Colonel Shevchik served as the 158th Fighter Wing Inspector General and then the 158th Operations Group Commander until assuming his current position.

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