Eielson AFB preferred location for F-35 fighters

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 15:26

After months of waiting and speculation, the United States Air Force has officially selected Eielson Air Force Base as the preferred location for two squadrons of F-35A fighters.

In a call to the Alaska Congressional Delegation Thursday morning, the secretary of the Air Force announced that following an environmental impact study (EIS) and official record of decision, Eielson AFB should receive its first of 48 F-35 fighters in the summer of 2019.

“Today is a great day for Eielson AFB, North Pole, Fairbanks, and the state of Alaska,” said Congressman Don Young. “In Alaska, it's always been about the mission. From the interceptors at Greely to the combat-coded F-22s at JBER, the U.S. military truly understands Alaska strategic position.”

“Today's world is littered with threats, especially in the Pacific region,” Young continued. “I believe that the presence of the F-35 in Alaska, in addition to the existing F-22s, will send a powerful message to our adversaries that the U.S. intends to make the Pacific and Arctic a priority."

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