The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) officials are currently evaluating four possible locations for future basing of the F-35A Lightning II aircraft.
The Air Force has identified Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, as the preferred alternative and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri; as reasonable alternatives for placing 24 F-35A aircraft and two backup aircraft.
If selected, the F-35As would replace the 24 F-16s currently assigned at Homestead and Fort Worth or the 24 A-10s assigned at Davis-Monthan or Whiteman.
The Air Force has evaluated all four alternative, along with a no-action alternative, and created a draft Environmental Impact Statement concerning the F-35A beddown, said an AFRC statement.
The statement added that public hearings are scheduled for each location in the coming weeks inviting the public to attend and provide input on the AFRC F-35A Operational Beddown EIS.