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Sen. Wielechowski Speaks Out for Stationing New F-35 Fighter Planes At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

ANCHORAGE - Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), Sen.  John Coghill (R-North Pole) and Sen. Anna Fairclough today advocated for the stationing of two new squadrons of F-15 Joint Strike Fighters at either  Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Anchorage or Eielson Air Force Base south of Fairbanks.

The Senate adopted an amendment supporting consideration of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson prior to passing House Joint Resolution 19 unanimously. The resolution had previously only mentioned Eielson Air Force Base.

Both bases have been selected by the Air Force as possible Pacific locations for the latest generation of fighter plans.   The U.S. military will reportedly purchase 2,000 of the planes and is looking to station 48 of them in the Asia-Pacific region. 

“Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson is the largest military installation in Alaska,” said Sen. Wielechowski. “It’s at the forefront of protecting the nation’s interests in the volatile Asia-Pacific region and sits in an extraordinarily strategic location.

“With its world-class training facilities, mission-ready forces, and efficient operations, Elmendorf would be an excellent location for the new F-35 fighter planes, as would Eielson in the Interior.  I am very proud that the legislature agreed to support JBER as a possible location for the new planes.”   

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