Attend a Public Hearing & Voice Your Support for the F-35 Mission at Luke AFB

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Fighter Country

F-35A JSF Lined up at Edwards AFBPlease consider attending one of the four public hearings to voice your support for the F-35 mission coming to Luke AFB. All hearings include an open house session from 5 to 6 pm, followed by a presentation and formal public comment session from 6 to 8 pm. Make sure and review the DEIS report available here before you attend.

F-35A EIS Public Hearings Schedule:

5-6 pm Open House / Information Session
6-8 pm Presentation / Formal Comment Session

Litchfield Park Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 5-8 p.m., Mon,, Feb. 13
El Mirage El Mirage Elementary School, Gymnasium 13500 N El Mirage Rd., El Mirage, AZ 85335 5-8 p.m., Tues., Feb. 14
Surprise Sundial Recreation Center, Auditorium, 14800 N 104rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 5-8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 15
Gila Bend Gila Bend Unified School District, Cafeteria, 308 N. Martin Ave. 5-8 p.m., Thur., Feb. 16

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Yuma voices concerns and support for F-35

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Fighter Country

Yuma, Arizona BY JOYCE LOBECK – SUN STAFF WRITER The future for Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is rapidly approaching as development of the F-35, the nation’s new joint strike fighter, moves forward. The air station is slated to become the first base to receive the very first of the new aircraft in spring of 2012, according to the “preferred option” and current time line, said Maj. James Combs, community plans and liaison officer for MCAS Yuma, during Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp.’s quarterly investors luncheon Tuesday. It all hinges on the record of decision, scheduled for December. In the…

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Large Crowds in El Mirage Support New F-35 at Luke Air Force Base

Posted on February 25, 2010 by Fighter Country

Luke Forward to the F-35GLENDALE, Ariz. (Feb 25 2010) – West Valley residents are turning out in large numbers this week to show their support in bringing the new F-35 fighter jet to Luke Air Force Base.

Tuesday night’s meeting in El Mirage and last night’s meeting in Surprise each attracted big crowds of approximately 300 people. Luke supporters donning military hats, t-shirts, pins and stickers could be found everywhere at the meetings, which are being conducted by the Air Force to solicit input from citizens in preparation of the F-35 environmental study at the Glendale base.

Based on reports from other communities, such as New Mexico, Utah and Idaho, which are also under consideration to receive the Air Force’s joint strike fighter program, the Luke meetings are drawing record crowds.

“At last night’s meeting in Surprise, there was a line of people waiting to get inside the meeting room,” said Fighter Country Partnership’s Steve Yamamori, whose organization is working with 12 West Valley cities and Maricopa County to bring the F-35 to Luke. West Valley residents and others are showing up in force at these meetings to express their support for the Air Force to bring the F-35 to Luke. This strong support by local citizens is definitely going to send a clear message to decisions makers back in Washington, D.C. that Arizona strongly supports the F-35.”

Based on the criteria the Air Force will use to evaluate sites for the F-35 mission, Luke is well positioned to receive the F-35 and continue to serve as the Air Force’s “school house” for America’s fighter pilots and maintainers.
Local leaders know, however, that until a decision is made, nothing can be taken for granted, and they urge continued strong support from Arizonans statewide.

Luke has been training fighter pilots since 1941, and Arizona features the ideal climate, land, airspace and training rangers – including the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southern Arizona – that cannot be replicated anywhere in the country.

For more information on the public-scoping meetings, which run through Friday, or to register your support for the F-35 at Luke, visit www.LukeForward.com.

CONTACT: Steve Yamamori, Fighter Country Partnership, 623-882-2191

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F-35 EIS Meeting in Wickenburg this Thursday

Posted on February 24, 2010 by Fighter Country

The Wickenburg meeting is this Thursday (Feb. 25) at the Wickenburg High School Media Center, at 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road. This is an open-house scoping meeting and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. to provide the public an opportunity to learn about F-35s and to provide input to help define the proposed action and alternatives. Other meetings are being held around the valley. For meeting locations call 623-856-6169 or visit http://lukeforward.com/. Residents are encouraged to attend one or more of these meetings and to complete comment forms that will be used during the process of the Environmental…

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Peoria Chamber gathers troops to support F-35 mission at Luke

Posted on February 19, 2010 by Fighter Country

Tensions between F-35 jet supporters and skeptics will have another chance to boil over next week, as the Air Force will hold a series of scoping meetings to hear the public’s concerns. The public scoping process is intended to actively involve citizens and government agencies in helping identify the environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental analysis of the F-35 at Luke. These meetings will provide residents with an introduction to the F-35 and its capabilities and mission. Specific information on how the F-35 will be integrated at Luke as a training facility will also be covered. Meetings are…

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F-35 public information sessions for Jacksonville Air National Guard Station in Florida

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Fighter Country

Air Force officials will visit Florida and Southeast Georgia to receive public input on the F-35 joint strike fighter during a series of meetings beginning Feb. 8. The Air Force is gauging the potential environmental impact of establishing an F-35 A Lightning II unit at Jacksonville Air National Guard Station or four out-of-state bases. It’ll relate to land use, airspace and safety, air and water quality, noise, socioeconomics, biological and cultural resources and cumulative actions. The F-35 is a next generation, stealth capable air-to-ground fighter designed to replace the service’s aging fleet of F-15 and F-16 “legacy” aircraft. A decision…

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Public F-35 Meetings in Tucson

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Fighter Country

These public scoping meetings are in an open house format. They will run from 6PM. to 9PM each day. Tuscon residents will have an opportunity to discuss the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) . Attendees at the meetings also will get an introduction to the F-35, its capabilities and mission Monday, March 1, at Sunnyside High School Foyer/Auditorium, 1725 E. Bilby Road, Tucson, Arizona; Tuesday, March 2, at San Carlos High School Cafeteria, Milepost 270 Highway 70, San Carlos, Arizona; Wednesday, March 3, at Easter Arizona College Gila/Galiuro Room, Activities Center, 1014 N College Avenue, Thatcher, Arizona; Thursday, March 4, at…

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F-35 Public Scoping Meetings in Arizona

Posted on January 18, 2010 by Fighter Country

The Air Force recently announced that it will be holding five public meetings, referred to as public-scoping meetings, February 22-26 in five communities near Luke AFB and its operations.

Public-scoping meetings are just the beginning

The purpose of the public-scoping process is to actively involve citizens and government agencies in helping identify the environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental analysis of the F-35 at Luke. These meetings will provide you with an introduction to the F-35 and its capabilities and mission. Specific information on how the F-35 will be integrated at Luke as a training facility will also be covered.

Open-house format

The meetings will be held using an “open-house” type format where there will be several informational tables for you to visit. Air Force, as well as Luke AFB, representatives will be staffing these tables to answer questions you may have. These public-scoping meetings will have no formal presentations. But, there will be an opportunity to submit written comments to the Air Force regarding Luke and the F-35.

Public Scoping Meeting Schedule:

Gila Bend Gila Bend Unified School District, 308 N. Martin Ave. 6-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22
El Mirage RC Roberts Memorial Building at Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort, 11201 N. El Mirage Road. 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23
Surprise Communiversity@Surprise, 15850 West Civic Center Plaza. 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24
Wickenburg Wickenburg High School Media Center, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road. 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25
Litchfield Park Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd. 6-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26

Luke Forward campaign organizers are urging Luke supporters to attend one of the upcoming public scoping meetings, so you can learn as much as possible about the EIS process. Luke Forward has also provided an ability for people to fill out an EIS form on their website if they cannot make the meetings. A Fighter Country representative will deliver all forms to each EIS meeting.

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