Community groups and congressional delegation fought to block a planned Air Force move
ANCHORAGE – A contentious proposal to reassign the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been tabled, Alaska’s Congressional delegation announced today.
The plan, introduced by U.S Air Force officials a year and a half ago, was universally opposed by the Fairbanks community, as well as Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Representative Don Young. In a teleconference Wednesday afternoon, the Alaskan delegates gathered in Young’s Washington, D.C. office to reveal the news.
“The communities – the members themselves – came out,” Murkowski said. “They wore their red shirts that said ‘We’re gonna save Eielson,’ that America needs Eielson. You spoke up, and the Air Force heard.”
Begich said they would now push to assign an F-35 squadron to the Fairbanks base as well.