Senate unanimously passes resolution urging placement of F-35s at Eielson

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution today urging Air Force Officials to assign the F-35s to Eielson Air Force Base.

Senate Joint Resolution 14 encourages the placement of new the F-35 aircraft to "reverse a wave of reductions started in 2005."

This comes after the Air Force proposed removing the base's last remaining active-duty aircraft, the F-16s at Eielson due to budget cuts.

Officials have noted the strong strategic importance and the advantage Eielson has over other bases in the Pacific in hosting the new generation fighter.

Supporters noted the community support of the military in Interior Alaska and its commitment to the Nations security.