Sen. Lisa Murkowski confident the Numbers will favor keeping F-16 Squadron at Eielson

FAIRBANKS, AK -- Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says Air Force officials still cannot provide evidence of cost savings should they proceed with relocating F–16's from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

Murkowski made her comments shortly after addressing constituents at the 9th annual Spring Luncheon held at the Westmark Hotel today.

The senator updated the audience on a number of issues of interest including the high cost of energy in the state.

Murkowski says energy cost savings are a part of answers she has received by military officials as to why they are proposing the F–16 move.

Alaska's senior senator says it remains unclear whether any savings would be realized because military officials themselves have not studied the costs associated with the move.

Murkowski says she is confident that the numbers will once again prove in Eielson's favor.

"They could go another way on us.  This may just be their way of saying, "Eielson is not going to continue."  They haven't said that.  I have pressed not only Gen. Schwartz, but everyone through the chain and they have all reiterated that Eielson is important to the Air Force.  Those are the reasons why I remain confident," Murkowski remarked.