Sen. Coghill & Rep. Isaacson Commend Eielson Decision
Air Force to Scrap Proposal and Keep F-16s at Eielson Air Force Base
Fairbanks — Today, Senator John Coghill (R-North Pole) and Representative Doug Isaacson (R-North Pole) commended the decision by the United States Air Force to keep the 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base (EAFB).
The U.S. Air Force had proposed to move the 18th Aggressor Squadron from EAFB to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Anchorage. Critics contended that the plan was ill-conceived and would negatively impact the communities in both Fairbanks and Anchorage. Sen. John Coghill sent numerous letters throughout the draft EIS process expressing his concern with the original proposal.
“The people of Alaska who spoke up at the hearings showed their strong patriotic ties to America by stressing the strategic importance of Eielson to national security,” said Sen. Coghill. “They made the point well.”
Rep. Isaacson, who has been a part of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Tiger Team from the start, and is a member of the Joint Armed Services Committee, wrote community opinion pieces published in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, testified against the plan on multiple occasions and released several public statements urging “no action.”
“We are thrilled with this decision,” said Rep. Isaacson. “I’m glad they recognized the importance of Eielson Air Force Base to our region and for the support of our national security. It’s a great day for North Pole, Fairbanks and Alaska!”
For more information, please contact Rynnieva Moss in Senator Coghill’s Fairbanks office at 907-451-2963.
Posted: October 3, 2013