Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Elmendorf Air Force Base is in mourning today, but the tragedy of the C-17 crash is followed by news that six new F-22 fighter jets will be stationed at the Anchorage area base. On Thursday morning, the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force contacted Alaska’s Congressional delegation this to inform them of the decision. The new planes will give Elmendorf two full squadrons of 21 F-22s each, and add 102 new personnel to the base.
The move is part of the Air Force’s efforts to consolidate the F-22 fleet by determining the most effective basing for the planes. The F-22s destined for Elmendorf come from Holloman AFB in New Mexico.
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