Hurricane-displaced F-22 fighter jets arrive at JBER while home base rebuilds

F-22 Raptors assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida have landed at JBER after being reassigned here in the wake of Hurricane Michael. (Dept. of Defense photo)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Fighter jets displaced by the damage to Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base have arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson this month, according to the 673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs Department.

In an article posted on JBER’s page Dec. 19, JBER says the planes and personnel from the 95th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit have been reassigned to JBER while their home base begins its long-term recovery from the Category-4 Hurricane Michael. While the planes have arrived, most personnel are expected to begin arriving in early 2019.

JBER is one of three bases absorbing the Tyndall F-22s; Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia and Eglin AFB in Florida are receiving the others.

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“We are honored to welcome them to our team and committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the Indo-Pacific,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, in the article. “This relocation not only ensures our ability to maintain the readiness and lethality of our Airmen and this fifth-generation fleet, but also enhances our capabilities to support the national defense strategy in this critical region.”

It’s not known exactly how many personnel will come to Alaska with the fleet. The online article said specific numbers would not be released, and a spokeswoman said she had no additional information. In 2013, the Air Combat Command publication of the Air Force said the re-activated 95th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit, with 24 aircraft, would bring more than 1,100 positions to Tyndall Air Force Base.

Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office previously reported that the proposal to move the F-22s would likely bring six additional aircraft to Alaska, increasing the size of each of JBER’s two squadrons from 21 to 24 aircraft.

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