Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young offered the following statement upon the Air Force’s issuance of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the beddown of two F-35A squadrons at Eielson Air Force Base:
“Today, the Air Force released the next and second-to-last step in bringing two squadrons of F-35’s to Eielson Air Force Base, its Final Environmental Impact Statement. I have long supported bringing the F-35s to Eielson, not only for the positive economic impacts it will bring to our state, but for the critical mission the F-35s will support. No other location in the world offers the strategic value offered in Alaska, and the Air Force has recognized that. This beddown works to protect our national security, accomplishes a mission achieved nowhere else in the world, and ensures the Air Force and nation have the assets and capabilities available in any time of need.
“I’m proud to have played a role in this process, having secured language in each of the last two National Defense Authorization Acts that emphasized Alaska’s immense military value and the benefits Eielson offers the Air Force. I thank both Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan for the united effort we have made to ensure the Air Force understands that there is no better location in the Asia-Pacific Region to base these F-35s.”
The release of the Final EIS initiates a 30-day waiting period before a Record of Decision is finalized.
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