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  • Air Force names D-M among candidates for F-35A bases

    Apr 13, 2016 | Read More News
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    f35 lightningPima County leaders are in full support of the U.S. Air Force’s consideration of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base as a candidate for location of the first Reserve-led F-35A Lightning II squadron. 

    Air Force officials have established the evaluation criteria and plan to make a final announcement on the selection by the fall. The relocation process will begin by summer 2023. Pima County will work with all community partners to provide the Air Force whatever information it requires during its review and decision process.

    “I fully support Davis-Monthan’s selection as a potential base for the F-35A Lightning II. D-M has been a part of the Pima County community for more than 90 years and is critical to the region’s economy,” Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson said. “Pima County will continue to support D-M and any new mission or new aircraft that makes the airbase its home.” 
    Davis-Monthan is among the four possible locations listed for the planned relocation. 

    The others include Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri. 

    Davis-Monthan plays a critical role in the economy of southern Arizona and the Tucson metro area and enjoys strong support among the community. The base has a nearly $1 billion annual economic impact in Pima County, which could be reduced substantially with loss of a flight mission at the base.

    A recent survey from the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance found at least 92 percent of people in the region stood in support of Davis-Monthan, with nearly three-quarters of those polled expressing strong or very strong support.

    Supporting D-M is part of the county’s Economic Development Plan, and the county participates in several organizations and base-led efforts to provide services and support to the base, including the Air Force Community Partnership program. 

    County support through the AFCP program includes:
    • Joint Land Use Planning
    • Emergency Radio Coordination through the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network
    • Protecting Against Encroachment
    • Shared Fleet/Motor Pool Services
    • Wastewater Treatment Services
    • Pima County Veterans’ OneStop Center
    • Pima County Public Library
    • Access to County public health facilities
    • Alternative uses of recreational facilities on and off the base
    * Photo Information: The F-35A recently made an appearance at the DM Air Show in March. (Photo Courtesy DMAFB Public Affairs)