Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Air Force official: Eielson a top pick to house F-35s
newsminer ^ | July 29, 2013 | Sam Friedman

Posted on 07/29/2013 8:03:03 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

FAIRBANKS - The commander of the Pacific U.S. Air Force told a group of defense journalists this morning that Eielson Air Force Base is one of the top contenders to be the second base to house the military’s newest fighter plane, according to the publication Inside Defense.

The final decision for the next generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter won’t Be made until 2014, but Gen. Herbert Carlisle said that among nine Pacific region bases, Eielson was likely to be among the top four picks.

"We haven't downselected, but I would say that Eielson, Misawa, Kadena (two bases in Japan) and maybe Osan (in South Korea) would be the four," he said, speaking at a breakfast for journalists hosted by the Defense Writer’s Group, a group of D.C.-based-journalists who cover the Defense Department. "That would be my guess, and then we would downselect from those four to a preferred alternative."

Inside Defense writer Gabe Starosta reported Carlisle said Joint Bases Elmendorf-Richardson and Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii won’t likely host the F-35 because they already have F-22 squadrons, while Yakota Air Base in Japan is already home to C-130s and Andersen Air Base in Guam is unlikely because of congestion.

“That leaves four locations in Northeast Asia — Osan and Kunsan Air Bases in South Korea, as well as Misawa and Kadena Air Bases in Japan — along with Eielson AFB. But air-to-ground range space is limited in both Korea and Japan, Carlisle said, highlighting restrictions at Misawa and Kadena ABs.

“In contrast, expansive training space is Alaska's biggest asset. Eielson AFB also would require minimal military construction and offers easy access from Japan and South Korea.”

Also at the meeting, Carlisle said the Air Force plans to begin using the F-35 by 2016, Inside Defense reported. An F-35 base in the Pacific is scheduled to be the second placement of F-35s, after a base in the contiguous United States, which Inside Defense reported the Air Force is “close to confirming” will be Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

A transcript or audio recording of this morning’s breakfast was not immediately available from the Defense Writers Group.

Capt. Robert Howard, a spokesman for the Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Hawaii said Monday evening he was not familiar with any official decisions about the Pacific F-35 basing, but was also pursuing a copy of Carlisle’s remarks.

“I don’t know if it was a decision or his recommendation,” he said. “As far as I’ve heard there’s been no final determination.”

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: eielson; f35

1 posted on 07/29/2013 8:03:03 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Jet Jaguar

I never understand why we just didnt build a proven concept like F-22 instead of F-35? i hear F-35 has lots of problems.

2 posted on 07/29/2013 8:18:12 PM PDT by freshlook
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freshlook


The 22 was built to replace the f-15. The 35 was built to replace the f-16 and others.

No more f-22’s will be built. So we will have to rely on the f-35 and many stealthy drones.

3 posted on 07/29/2013 8:24:24 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Jet Jaguar

spent four years living on Eielson, lived in between an A-10 pilot and an OSI agent. Fun place, fun times.

4 posted on 07/29/2013 8:33:24 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: longfellowsmuse

I also spent four years of my life there, back in the RC135 days.

5 posted on 07/29/2013 9:15:09 PM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Jet Jaguar

“We haven’t downselected...”

What kind of word is that?

6 posted on 07/30/2013 5:47:35 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson