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!

 

F-35 NEWS & UPDATES

U.S., South Korea Begin Massive Military Exercises

The United States and South Korea launched a massive joint military air exercise on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear p...READ MORE

U.S. Air Force civilian Matt Green, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operator, sprays water on the flight line to create ice for F-35A Lightning II testing Nov. 4, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Ice was intentionally created on the flight line to help the F-35A get certified for a low runway condition reading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

‘Dirt Boyz’ assist in F-35A testing

The “Dirt Boyz” of the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron are always on the go; during the summer, they help maintain infrastructure around the base an...READ MORE

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A US Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off on 16 November at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-35A is being deployed under USPACOM’s Theater Security Package (TSP) to the Pacific. Source: US Air Force

USAF commences Pacific deployment of F-35

The US Air Force (USAF) first operational overseas deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is now up and runni...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