Murkowski: F-16 Move Lose/Lose Proposition

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today said that the proposal to transfer the F-16 Aggressor squadron from Eielson to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is a lose/lose proposition.

The State’s Senior Senator testified before the Commission on the Structure of the Air Force today. Murkowski said that among the many arguments against the move is that the Fairbanks economy would suffer greatly, concerns over Anchorage’s tight housing market, crowded airspace, and filled-to-capacity schools would be overburdened.

Murkowski’s office said that the cost-cutting move would cost an extra $5 million in the first year alone.

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