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Air Force extends public comment period for F-35's

Posted at 4:23 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 19:59:29-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Air Force has extended their public comment period on their draft of the environmental impact study in regards to F-35's.

The National Guard Bureau is creating two new squadrons of F-35's and Boise is on the list of five possible locations for these planes.

However, Idaho isn't one of the Air Force's top two choices, the secretary of the Air Force has announced they would like to create these new squadrons in Wisconsin and Alabama.

"All five locations are under going the environmental impact study," said LT. COL. Christopher Borders of the Idaho Air National Guard. "The Air Force is listening and that's why they've extended the public comment period through November 1."

So whether you are in favor of bringing F-35's to Gowen Field or against it: This is your chance to make your voice heard.

The Air Force plans to publish their final environmental impact statement in January of 2020 before making a final decision on the location of their two new squadrons in February.

For more information on the EIS and how to submit a comment to the Air Force click here.

Regardless of how this procedure plays out, being on the short list for F-35's is a testament to the 124th Fighter Wing and the Air National Guard.

"They are looking for units they can trust to execute an F-35 mission," said Borders. "I think that says a lot a out the caliber of personnel we have here in the Idaho Air National Guard."