Eielson F-16 Move Defunded, Prohibited in Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
Murkowski Lauds Colleagues for Including Language to “Maintain and Retain” Tactical and Geographic Advantages
WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Lisa Murkowski today thanked her Defense Appropriations Subcommittee colleagues for including language to prohibit the use of FY2014 funds to implementing the transfer of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron, a move she requested in an April letter to the Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Republican and subsequently reinforced in a mid-July letter.
As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommitee, Murkowski took the chance to once again lay out the wrongheaded proposal to move the aircraft, while reiterating her appreciation for the inclusion of the language that both she and Senator Begich sought. She bolstered the case by pointing out yesterday’s news that Eielson is being seriously considered for an F-35 squadron, saying “if it’s so ideal for the F-35s, what is the rationale for the transfer of the F-16s?”