During the second meeting held in the Interior for the Eielson Environmental Impact Statement, again many residents showed up wearing red to support the "no action alternative."
Speakers at the Air Force's public hearing held at the North Pole Worship Center were opposed to the proposed plan to relocate the 18th Aggressor Squadron from its current location at Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.
Lawmakers and Legislators alike agreed that no positive outcome could come from this move for the North Pole Community or the Air Force itself.
During the meeting held in Fairbanks, Senator Pete Kelly said, the community that would receive the jets is, as well, opposed to the move.
Kelly said, during his statements at the Westmark, "Now we that as the specter of downsizing Eielson has raised its head, that people in the very community that you would think would benefit from that are saying, 'No no no! Wait, we don't want that!' We want to be the right state we want to be the state that looks at the strategic value of things rather than just fighting amongst the scraps.”
Anyone who was unable to attend either of the meetings can still submit their commentary online at www.alaskaf-16eis.com.
The deadline for submissions is August 2nd.