The Pacific Air Force’s (PACAF) area of responsibility extends more than 100,000,000 square miles. Eielson’s strategic proximity fits well with the U.S. renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific theater and the Arctic.
World Class Training Grounds
Eielson Air Force Base provides a gateway to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC), the world’s largest joint air, land, sea, subsea, space, and electromagnetic training assets at 67,000 square miles.
Eielson’s existing infrastructure and proximity to JPARC make it a low-cost option. The existing infrastructure at Eielson is well suited for the new mission and will require very little military construction funds.
Good For Fairbanks
Securing an enhanced mission for Eielson AFB will provide a significant contribution to national defense and our local economy.
Currently there are 1,900 active duty personnel at Eielson AFB. Locating one squadron of F-35s at Eielson would increase the base’s active duty population by 76%, a significant addition to the community.
Locating two squadrons of F35s at Eielson would increase Eielson’s military population by 103%. In both cases, there would be additional jobs created for civilian employees, contractors and service sector employees.
Active Duty with 1 Squadron
One squadron of F-35s would bring an additional 1,449 active duty personnel and their dependents to our community, plus an unknown number of new civilian jobs. Currently Eielson employees 1 civilian position for every 4 military duty personnel.
Jobs Impact from 1 Squadron
The additional employment impact from adding 1,449 F-35 personnel at Eielson is estimated at 3,208 jobs boroughwide, including new service sector and military support jobs in the Interior. The number will be higher once civilians are included.
New Revenue from 1 Squadron
The total economic impact from one squadron of F-35s is estimated at $940 million per year. This includes the multiplier effect as new military payroll and purchasing dollars are spent locally, creating a ripple throughout the economy.
Active Duty with 2 Squadrons
Two F-35 squadrons of F-35s would bring an additional 1,959 active duty personnel and their dependents to our community, a 103% increase over current numbers, plus an unknown number of new civilian jobs.
Jobs Impact from 2 Squadrons
Compared with current employment at Eielson, the additional employment impact from adding 1,959 F-35 personnel at Eielson is estimated at 4,337 jobs boroughwide, including new service sector and military support jobs. The number will be higher once civilians are included.
New Revenue from 2 Squadrons
Including the multiplier effect, two squadrons of F-35s would create a total economic impact of nearly $1.3 billion per year in new revenue in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. This is in addition to the already significant economic impact the military brings to our community.
I Support Alaska F-35s
Our goal is 10,000 individual supporters. We hope you’ll be one!
Eielson Air Force Base has been selected as a possible home for the next generation fighter jet, the F-35, to be based in the Asia-Pacific region. Eielson AFB is in a unique position to provide the Air Force with a strategic location on U.S. soil, world-class training grounds, and a cost advantage over foreign basing. Locally, the F-35s will bring 3,000 to 4,000 new jobs and millions of dollars in new revenue to our region. The F-35 mission may also help secure the future of Eielson by helping to protect it from future cuts.
We need to show the Air Force that our community supports F-35 basing at Eielson AFB. If you believe in the value of an enhanced mission for Eielson AFB that will strengthen our national defenses and our local economy, please register your support by filling out the form. We won’t share or sell your contact info, ever. We will let you know when the process has begun and send you easy instructions for supporting F35 basing at Eielson AFB as the selection process continues.