Sen. Begich Puts Air Force General’s Promotion On Hold

Alaska Senator Mark Begich put a hold on the promotion of an Air Force General last week, citing frustration with a lack of answers about the proposed move of the F-16 fighter squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The Senator says he’ll keep the hold on the nomination process for Lt. Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle until the Air Force provides specific answers about the impact of the move on civilian personnel and the effect on the Fairbanks community.

Sen. Begich sent letters to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee requesting an analysis of potential cost savings to the military.

The Air Force plans to present a finalized plan for the move by May 31.

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