ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's congressional delegation is lobbying Air Force leaders to base the F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks.
U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, along with Rep. Don Young, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Walsh touting the value and strategic location of Eielson.
Once destined for part-time status, the Air Force earlier this month decided to keep an F-16 squadron at Eielson and not move it to an Anchorage base.
The delegation says in a release that the Air Force plans to release an initial candidate base for the F-35s in late November and a preferred list by February.