Alaska Delegation Lobbies to Base F-35s at Eielson

POSTED: 06:50 AM AKDT Oct 16, 2013    UPDATED: 06:58 AM AKDT Oct 16, 2013 
Alaska Delegation Lobbies to Base F-35s at Eielson

Alaska's congressional delegation is lobbying Air Force leaders to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters 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.