United States Air Force to Announce F-16 Decision Wednesday
Alaskans, Delegation to Hear Verdict from Acting Air Force Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A year and a half after initially proposing the transfer of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson – and a lengthy information campaign by tens of thousands of Alaskans making the case to keep the aircraft in place – the United States Air Force will inform Alaska’s Congressional Delegation of its decision whether or not the planes will be moved.
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, and Congressman Don Young have been outspoken critics of the move for reasons ranging from defense readiness, to inadequate research justifying it, to the harmful impacts the move would have on both communities involved. At or around 12:30pm AKDT tomorrow, Senators Murkowski and Begich will head to Congressman Don Young’s office and hear the verdict directly from Acting Secretary Eric Fanning on a conference call.