U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today thanked her colleagues on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for including language to prohibit the use of FY2014 funds to implement the transfer of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.
Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “This whole notion that we would somehow be able to save money by ‘warm basing’ Eielson was something that was attempted back in 2005 with the BRAC commission, didn’t work then, and we’ve suggested that it’s not going to yield cost savings again. The Air Force has begun a reevaluation of Eielson’s value. Again you look at, not only the strategic location of Eielson and what it has to offer our Air Force, all of our services from the Pacific. You have a long runway, you have incredible training space, you have room for fighters, you’ve got contingency dorm space, everything is setting there perfect.”