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Meet the F-35s participating in Northern Edge ahead of 2020 arrival

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON – Ahead of finding a permanent home at Eielson Air Force Base, F-35s are participating in Exercise Northern Edge for the first time in program history. And as they’ve done each day of Northern Edge 2017, the planes will continue to cruise…

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F-35s Fly First Training Missions in Alaska Skies

For the first time, F-35 fighter jets are flying in Alaska as part of massive military training exercise. The small squadron is a preview of what’s in store for the Air Force in Alaska during the next few years. More than a dozen reporters and…

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“Believe the Unbelievable”: EXERCISE NORTHERN EDGE 17

Live, Virtual, and Constructive training is revolutionizing the way the military conducts training operations. More importantly, it’s changing the way the Department of Defense jointly develops, prepares and engages enemy forces during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The LVC training capability allows for the…

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Borough to award contract for F-35 study

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough plans to commission a consultant to write a plan to guide the community through the growing pains anticipated after the arrival of F-35 fighter jets and hundreds of new airmen at Eielson Air Force Base. Last week, the…

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UAS Hangar for Ft. Wainwright

FAIRBANKS – Today, the Army awarded a contract to UNIT Company, 620 East Whitney Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99501-1622. The amount of this action is $33,122,500.00. This contract is for design and construction of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Hangar. The work will be performed at Fort Wainwright,…

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Supplemental EIS

The Air Force is conducting a supplemental Environmental Impact Study as part of the process to beddown the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Eielson Air Force Base, AK. The service plans to house 48 jets at the base, which will serve as its Pacific hub…

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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 for the $379 billion program that’s the Pentagon’s costliest. The decision affects the timeline for the stationing of the first F-35s at Eielson…

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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 official announcement that two squadrons of F-35 fighter planes are coming here. Kevin Blanchard was among the last A-10 pilots…

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Congress 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 Wednesday, restoring the $82 million F-35 weather shelter that the House of Representatives had cut from the budget. The 2017 budget bill funds many…

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Military investments should help Alaska weather economic challenges

Alaska is facing tough economic times. Budgets are being squeezed, workers are being laid off and families are making due with less. But it’s important to understand that we’ve been here before, and we’ve come out stronger because of it.

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