NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University is honored to welcome Col. Adam T. Rice, 158th Fighter Wing vice commander and 1991 Norwich University alumnus, in a private ceremony Oct. 16 to dedicate an F-16 display at Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium. 

This miniature aircraft display will commemorate 75 years of partnerships between the Vermont Air National Guard (ANG), Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 867 and Norwich University.

The ceremony will precede Saturday’s noon football game against Springfield, which may include an F-35 flyover from the Vermont Air National Guard.

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From left, Col. Mark Ciero, U.S. Air Force Detachment 867 commander stands with Col. Adam T. Rice, 158th Fighter Wing vice commander and 1991 Norwich University alumnus, and Norwich University President Dr. Mark Anarumo at the base of the F-16 display by Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter uses aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics to provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness and reduced vulnerability for the United States and Allied nations. In 2016, after an extensive review, the US Air Force selected the 158th Fighter Wing (158 FW) to receive the nation’s first operational F-35As in the Air National Guard.

The initial two F-35As arrived in Vermont in fall 2019; a year later, the 158 Fighter WIng reached its full inventory of 20 fighter jets.

On Sept. 17, Rice joined Norwich University Air Force ROTC Det 867 to present an F-16 display, lent by the 158 FW to Norwich University. The miniature version of a combat F-16 painted with a Vermont Air National Guard 75th anniversary patch was placed adjacent to Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium. This display showcases the 158th Fighter Wing’s prestigious history and prowess; the upcoming dedication and enduring F-16 display will reinforce the partnerships between the Vermont Air National Guard, Air Force ROTC program, and Norwich University.

“This F-16 model is a perfect addition to our plaza,” Norwich President Dr. Mark Anarumo said. “The F-16 will join other monuments and displays that demonstrate our storied history of service, and shows yet another link to our nationally-ranked ROTC departments. I am also proud that the display clearly celebrates our longstanding relationship with the 158th Fighter Wing.”

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