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First F-35s in Pacific likely headed to Eielson

Air Force Times // August 07, 2014

The first F-35s assigned to Pacific Command will likely be stationed in inland Alaska, the Air Force announced Thursday.

Eielson Air Force Base has been selected as the “preferred alternative” to house the fifth-generation fighter in the Pacific, the service said. The base was picked based on its location, existing infrastructure and proximity to a training range. Eielson also is home to Pacific Air Force’s premiere training exercise, Red-Flag Alaska, and is easily accessible by training partners from Korea and Japan.

If officially selected, the base will host two F-35 squadrons. They would join an F-16 aggressor squadron and a KC-135 refueling unit already at the base.

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