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Senate committee approves measure calling for Air Force to station F-35s in Idaho

Senate committee approves measure calling for Air Force to station F-35s in Idaho

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
February 17, 2010
Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
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February 17, 2010

A resolution calling for the Air Force to station its newest fighter jet in Idaho is headed to a vote in the full Senate.

Wednesday morning, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to approve House Joint Memorial 10, which passed the House unanimously on Feb. 9.  Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, presented the measure to the committee, which urges Congress and the Air Force to base the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at Mountain Home Air Force Base, and the F-35 training school at Gowen Field.

The presentation was accompanied by a video produced by the Idaho National Guard’s video production department, which spelled out the advantages of basing the new fighter in the Gem State.  Some of the advantages cited include climate, a large training airspace with little commercial air traffic, existing military facilities, and the support of the military by Idaho’s people and governments.  The video will be presented to decision makers in Congress and the Air Force later.

(Note: The House approved the measure earlier in the legislative session; read that story here.)

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