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Governor Welcomes News Eielson is Preferred Alternative for F-35s

August 7, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell was pleased to learn today that Eielson Air Force Base is the preferred alternative for basing two squadrons of F-35s in the Pacific Theatre. In 2013, Governor Parnell testified in support of locating the F-35 squadrons at Eielson, noting Alaska’s strategic location.

“I am extremely pleased that the Air Force has wisely chosen Eielson Air Force Base as the preferred alternative for F-35 aircraft,” Governor Parnell said. “Eielson was the clear choice, due to Alaska’s undeniable strategic geography, our vast training areas, and the state’s strong commitment to the military. While this is not the final decision, it is a very positive indication for Alaska, and we look forward to the next steps in the basing process. I hope to see F-35s at Eielson soon.”

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