FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2017
Citizens for a Livable Boise (CLB) agrees with the United States Airforce's F35 Air National Guards' Site Selections decision announced today.
For over two years, thousands of Boise Citizens have voiced concerns about the potential, negative environmental and economic impacts basing F 35 aircraft at Gowen Field might have. Hundreds of residents have not only expressed their concerns to public officials (Boise City, State of Idaho and Federal Offices) but also have asked pertinent questions with limited responses.
Based on the best information attainable for the F 35 site selection decision, Citizens for a Livable Boise agrees that Gowen Field should be eliminated as a viable choice.
We now need to push for better, more environmentally friendly mission choices, such as cargo planes, transport planes, drones, etc., Cybersecurity is another possible option which the Air Force would like to see more Guard Units involved in could provide valley wide business and educational growth potential.
Good things can come out of being passed over for the F-35, and Citizens for a Livable Boise (CLB) will be there along with continued community involvement to see it happen.
Citizens for a Livable Boise is a grassroots movement that calls for awareness of specific issues which undermine the quality of life and domestic tranquility of our beloved city.
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WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force has selected Truax Field Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin and Dannelly Field, Alabama as the preferred locations for the next two Air National Guard F-35A bases.
“Selecting Truax Field and Dannelly Field will increase Air National Guard F-35A units providing 5th Generation airpower around the world,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “As F-35As arrive at these locations, we will use the existing aircraft at these fields to replace the aging F-16s at other Air National Guard units.”
F-35As will eventually replace many of the 4th generation Air Force aircraft. However, the Air Force will continue to fly a mix of 5th and 4th generation fighters into the 2040s, in order to maintain enough fighters to meet combatant commander requirements, provide required training and allow a reasonable deployment tempo for the force.
“Putting F-35s at these two Air National Guard bases continues our transition into the next generation of air superiority,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. “It helps ensure we can always offer the Commander-in-Chief air power options and be ready to penetrate any enemy air defenses, hold any target at risk and go when and where the president tells us to go. We're the options guys. The F-35 is critical to the family of systems we need to accomplish this mission for the nation now and in the future."
At this time, the Air Force expects the F-35As to begin arriving at Truax Field in early 2023 and at Dannelly Field later that year.
These locations remain preferred alternatives until the secretary of the Air Force makes the final basing decisions after the requisite environmental analysis is complete.
The Air Force also evaluated Gowen Field ANGB, Idaho, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan and Jacksonville Air Guard Station, Florida in this round of decisions. Those bases were reasonable alternatives, but not preferred.
Previously, the secretary of the Air Force selected three active duty operational locations and one Air National Guard location—Hill AFB, Utah, RAF Lakenheath, England, Eielson AFB, Alaska and Burlington AGS, Vermont.
Additionally, the Air Force announced Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas as the preferred alternative for the first Air Force Reserve base.
Gowen Field is not on the U.S. Air Force’s list of preferred sites for a squadron of F-35s, the Air Force announced Thursday.
The military picked Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wisconsin, and Dannelly Field Air Guard Station in Montgomery, Alabama, as its preferred sites. F-35s could start to arrive at those bases in 2023.
Gowen and Air Guard facilities in Florida and Michigan “were reasonable alternatives, but not preferred,” said a statement on the Air Force’s website.
That status will keep Gowen and the others in the running, should the Air Force find a problem with one of the two preferred sites, Idaho officials including Gov. Butch Otter and Boise Mayor David Bieter said in a late-morning press release. Federal authorities will still perform an environmental study of the effects of staging F-35s here, including noise and other possible effects. Dates for that study have not yet been set.
Read more here: www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/community/boise/article191031429.html