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Governor Urges More Public Input on Proposed Squadron Relocation

November 17, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – Following the U.S. Air Force’s decision to proceed with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) review regarding the proposed relocation of the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), Governor Sean Parnell today urged the commander of the Pacific Air Forces to conduct an open and thorough assessment before taking any action.

In a letter to General Herbert Carlisle, Governor Parnell requested the U.S. Air Force (USAF) hold multiple meetings in each community to allow the full participation of the public. He also requested the Air Force hold meetings in the Mat-Su Valley, where most of the military training flights will take place.

Governor Parnell requested an extension of the suggested public comment period to 60 days to better assist the general public.

“The execution of an EIS, with its transparent fact gathering and review process, will benefit both the impacted communities and the USAF,” the governor wrote.

A copy of the governor’s letter is available at:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_files/letter111612.pdf

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