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F-35s Coming to Eielson AFB

The first F-35 Lightning II aircraft are expected to arrive at Eielson AFB in 2020. On April 4, 2016, the Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James signed the record of decision for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) making it official that Eielson Air Force Base will host two squadrons of the latest generation U.S. fighter jet. Thank you to all who supported this process!

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US Air Force Photo / Tech Sgt. Sam King

Air Force declares F-35 ready for limited combat

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Air Force declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 ready if needed for limited combat operations, a milestone ...READ MORE

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Retired colonel directs F-35 transition at Eielson

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE — A retired colonel has been working to get Eielson Air Force Base ready for its coming growth spurt since before the officia...READ MORE

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Congressional conference committee funds $295 million in Eielson F-35 construction

FAIRBANKS — A congressional conference committee fully funded the military’s request for $295 million in new Eielson Air Force Base construction W...READ MORE

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F-35 LIGHTNING II

The F-35 Lightning II is a new generation of advanced multi-role tactical fighter meant to supplement and eventually phase out aging aircraft for the U.S. and its allies…READ MORE

STRATEGIC LOCATION

Eielson’s strategic proximity to both world-class training grounds and potential deployments fits well with the U.S. renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific…READ MORE 

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE

Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) occupies 63,195 acres southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2013, about 2,500 service members worked at Eielson alongside about 480 civilian employees…READ MORE

EIS PROCESS

Thank you to everyone who commented during the EIS process! The Air Force released its final Environmental Impact Statement for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Operational Beddown – Pacific on March 4, 2016…READ MORE