ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation say the U.S. Air Force has made an interim decision to move two F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base from Hill Air Force Base in Utah.
The Air Force plans to move F-16s from the Utah base to make room for new F-35s.
The interim decision to move the aircraft to Holloman was announced Thursday by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Steve Pearce. They had urged the Air Force to expand Holloman’s mission to include the F16 units.
The delegation members say a final decision will be made next spring.
Statement from Governor Susana Martinez:
“New Mexico is very proud of our ongoing partnership with the U.S. Air Force,” Governor Susana Martinez said. “Holloman Air Force Base is a strong example of this partnership, and the men, women, and facilities – along with the entire Alamogordo community – are well-positioned to be the perfect home for training F-16 pilots, crews, and their units. We’re looking forward to continuing to partner with the U.S. Air Force to help keep our country safe for years and years to come.”