F-35A Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released (EIS)
The United States Air Force has released the Draft EIS for the F-35A Proposed Pilot Training Center and Basing. Tucson is still a possible alternative site with the F-35A Fighter proposed to beddown at the Tucson Air Guard Station at the Tucson International Aiport (TIA).
Per the USAF F-35A EIS Website "On July 29, 2010 the Air Force announced its Preferred Alternative for the Pilot Training Center
as 72 F-35A training aircraft at Luke AFB, Arizona. However, no decisions regarding the proposal will be made until after the environmental impact analysis process is complete."
The Air Force is Inviting Public Comment on the Draft EIS, which you can download here, and will be holding
public hearings in February. Preliminary information that we have received from the Air National Guard lists the public hearings for the Tucson Area as follows:
Open House Information Session: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Presentation/Formal Comment Session: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Location:Windemere Hotel & Conference Center
2047 S. Highway 92
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Date: Feb. 22, 2012
Location:Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
4550 S. Palo Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85714
Date: Feb. 23, 2012
Location:Tucson Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718
Written comments on the Draft EIS can also be submitted to:
David Martin, Air Force Contractor, and Kim Fornof
266 F Street West, Bldg 901
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4319
It is very important for our community to participate in this process so please make the most of this opportunity to learn about the F-35A Basing and have your voice be heard.