preferred alternative for the [Pacific Air Forces'] F-35s, we must determine whether Eielson is still the best location for the 18th Aggressor Squadron's F-16s," said
Timothy Bridges, Air Force installations chief, in
a Nov. 19 release. A survey team from Air Combat Command headquarters will evaluate Eielson, JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Nellis AFB, Nev., to host the unit going forward, states the release. Nellis already hosts F-16 aggressors. The Air Force plans to announce the preferred basing alternative in early 2015, and begin environmental impact evaluations soon thereafter. Officials last year chose
not to move the 18th AGRS from Eielson until broader Alaskan force structure decisions, such as F-35 basing, were finalized.
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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