• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 6s

USAF selects Eielson as top choice for F-35s

By Bonney Bowman 7:18 PM August 7, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs could be on their way to the Interior.

The Air Force announced Eielson Air Force Base is the top choice to host two F-35 squadrons.

After numerous delays and a long waiting period for Alaskans, state lawmakers greeted the announcement with excitement.

Sen. Mark Begich says the decision highlights Alaska’s strategic military importance in the Pacific and beyond.

The next step in the decision is an environmental impact statement by the EPA, which should be complete by November 2015.

Begich says he then expects between $60-80 million in construction and development at Eielson over 2016 and 2017, getting the base ready for the new planes and the people who fly and maintain them.

He says he gives a lot of credit to the people of Fairbanks and the Interior for helping make this happen.

“They went to every public hearing. They made sure that the Department of Defense, the Pentagon, heard from Alaskans first about why this base location, in Alaska was the right decision, especially at Eielson,” Begich said.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s glad military leaders recognize Alaska’s importance in defending the country.

The squadrons are expected to create several hundred new jobs with both military and civilian positions. The workers plus their families are estimated to bring around 2,000 people into the area.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Mat-Su community responds to Rep. Young’s remarks on suicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 22, 23:47

    U.S. Rep. Don Young is not a person afraid to say what’s on his mind. And his latest comments aren’t sitting well with residents in the Mat-Su Valley. Wasilla High School is still grieving after a student died by suicide last week. Tuesday, the 81-year-old congressman made an appearance at an assembly at the high […]

  • News

    9-year-old Anchorage boy’s project sends postcards to child refugees

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 22, 21:52

    A nine-year-old Anchorage boy is hoping to brighten the lives of child refugees. William Scannell is a fifth-grade student at Pacific Northern Academy. His project is called Any Refugee. William and his classmates are making postcards to send to children in refugee camps around the world. William says sending a postcard to anyone is a […]

  • News

    Alaska files appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 22, 21:36

    The state has filed a new request for its challenge of a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex marriages in Alaska. The state filed a petition Wednesday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has 29 justices. If the court decides to hear the state’s appeal, the state is asking to have 11 justices […]

  • Weather

    Evening News weather, Oct. 22

    by KTVA Weather on Oct 22, 20:40

    Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound Sunny skies with cooler temps in the morning and daytime highs. Southeast Showers to the south and cloudy, mostly dry to the north with some sun breaks. Mat-Su Valley Sunny skies. Some clouds in the Basin. Interior/North Slope Mostly cloudy for Interior areas, the North Slope will get light […]

  • News

    JBER soldiers train in bomb disposal

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 22, 20:27

    Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conducted improvised explosive device (IED) training today, reminiscent of a scene from the movie “The Hurt Locker.” Members of the 716th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company are keeping their skills sharp. In the exercise, the unit’s explosives robot has malfunctioned, so a soldier dons the blast suit and goes in to check out an IED. […]

  • News

    Sitka family turns home brews into booming business

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 22, 18:05

    It’s 5 p.m. on a Friday in Sitka and Baranof Island Brewing Company‘s tasting room is packed. Residents are lined up out the door to get a taste of the brewery’s new Pumpkin Ale. The brewing company’s owners say business has come along way in just three years. “It’s been an overwhelming response,” said owner Rick […]

  • News

    Pebble Partnership sues EPA again

    by Sierra Starks, Hope Miller on Oct 22, 17:19

    The Pebble Partnership is again suing the Environmental Protection Agency, this time saying that the agency has been secretly meeting with environmentalists in an attempt to undermine the Pebble Mine Project. In a complaint filed Oct. 14, Pebble is requesting that the EPA produce documents that were “improperly withheld” after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) […]

  • News

    2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament

    by CNN / AP on Oct 22, 12:08

    A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others. The bloodshed immediately raised the specter of a coordinated terrorist attack, with Canada already […]