ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Community leaders in Fairbanks and North Pole have had a busy 24 hours, combing through a just-released report on an Air Force plan to relocate F-16 fighter jets from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage.
The interior could lose at minimum 500 airmen and their families, according to the report.
During a teleconference meeting with the Air Force, Friday, mayors and staffers for elected officials asked about everything from schools, to housing, to what to do with possible empty hangars up Eielson Air Force Base.
“We have a mandate to drive toward significant savings,” Brig. Gen. Mark McLeod told the group.
The Air Force says it could demolish soon-to-be vacated hangars and other structures at Eielson to save money.
“I certainly would hope that the federal government would back away from destroying buildings that are completely usable and don’t cost that much to heat,” said Luke Hopkins, Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor.