Hearing on Eielson jets postponed to July.

The U.S. Air Force is holding a series of public hearings in the Anchorage and Fairbanks communities to invite public comment on the preliminary findings of an environmental study of the potential impacts of a proposed transfer of an F-16 aircraft squadron.

The Air Force has prepared a statement for public review and comment.

It analyzes the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed relocation of the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

 Within the proposal, the Air Force would plan to re-size the remaining wing overhead and base operating support functions at Eielson AFB.

 The 18th Aggressor Squadron consists of 18 assigned F-16 aircraft, three back-up F-16s, and associated support and maintenance Airmen. 

This proposed relocation initially includes removing 623 military personnel from Eielson AFB, transferring approximately 542 positions to JBER, and eliminating 81 positions.

 Thereafter, the Air Force proposes an additional reduction of approximately 749 military authorizations and approximately 179 civilian authorizations at Eielson AFB appropriate to the command structure required for the remaining operations.

Under the proposal, Eielson AFB will continue to host Red Flag and Distant Frontier training exercises with the 18th Aggressor Squadron operating out of JBER.

 The Air Force is soliciting comments from the public as well as interested local, state and federal agencies.

The Air Force will hold public hearings to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the plans. 

The Fairbanks hearing will be held July 17 at the Westmark and July 18 at the North Pole Worship Center.