News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Bishop
For Immediate Release: April 04, 2016

Interior Senators Praise Decision to Bring F-35s to Eielson

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JUNEAU – Interior members of the Alaska Senate Majority praised the U.S. Air Force’s official announcement today that Eielson Air Force Base will serve as home to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons.

“This is possible due to the proactive and hard work of so many, but especially, Senator Murkowski, Senator Sullivan, Congressman Young and the Tiger Team of Fairbanks,” said Sen. Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks). “Sincere thanks to all those who worked hard and participated in this process the entire time. Thanks for your optimism and hope. Alaska and America are now safer, thanks to your work and the United States Air Force. God Bless America.”

In August 2014, the Air Force announced that Eielson was the preferred alternative to base the F-35s. Alaska’s strategic location allows the U.S. military to quickly respond to national security threats from Russia, China and North Korea.

“I’m very pleased about the news,” said Sen. John Coghill (R-North Pole). “Eielson will be an excellent home for the F-35s. The military service members and their families will be welcomed to Interior Alaska with open arms.”

An environmental impact statement released earlier this year found that basing two squadrons of F-35s would bring $453 million into Interior Alaska's economy over next four years.

“This would be welcome news any time, but good news has been a little hard to come by lately, so this is fantastic,” said Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks).

Sen. Coghill serves as co-chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee of which Sen. Bishop and Sen. Kelly are also members.

For more information, contact Daniel McDonald in the Senate Majority press office at (907) 465-4066.

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