Meeting Scheduled on Plan to Move Fighter Jets

Public meetings have been scheduled to review the impact of transferring the F-16 fighter jet squadron from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Public meetings have been scheduled to review the impact of transferring the F-16 fighter jet squadron from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
   
Meetings are planned June 19 in Fairbanks and June 20 in North Pole.
   
A draft Environmental Impact Study released May 31 by the U.S. Air Force recommends moving forward with a proposal to transfer the fighter jet squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.
   
The study also recommends keeping Eielson as a temporary base for the aircraft several times per year for training exercises.
   
The study includes anticipated consequences for the Fairbanks area, which stands to lose 21 planes and 1,551 military and civilian jobs under the proposal.