KTUU: Air Force plan will permanently station six more F-22 fighter jets at JBER

The Air Force has released a plan to permanently station six additional F-22 fighter jets at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. The jets were previously based at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, but moved to JBER after Tyndall was severely damaged during hurricane Michael.

Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, applauded the Air Force on the potential plan.

“We have long advocated for our military in Alaska, including the importance of our strategic geographic location for protecting our nation and responding to global threats. This decision is further proof of Alaska’s strategic location for the projection of airpower in the Pacific,” said the Delegation. “These additional F-22s, along with the training opportunities at Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, and the future arrival of F-35’s at Eielson, gives our military incredible capabilities to face emerging threats.

The plan is expected to become final following completion of environmental review.

By:  Laura Holman
Source: KTUU