Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) F-35A Operational Beddown
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Proposed Action & Alternatives Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) F-35A Operational Beddown EIS Proposed Action & Alternatives

The USAF is proposing to base the F-35A aircraft at an installation with an established Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) unit. This base will be the first AFRC led F-35A base in the continental United States. A single squadron of 24 Primary Aerospace Vehicles Authorized (PAA) F-35A aircraft with 2 Backup Aircraft Inventory (BAI) will be based at the installation. This AFRC squadron will require infrastructure, facilities, airfield operations, personnel, and airspace to support the fighter mission. The USAF used the Strategic Basing Process outlined in AFI 10-503 to identify the following candidate bases: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base (ARB), Florida; Naval Air Station (NAS) Joint Reserve Base (JRB) Fort Worth, Texas; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri.

F-35A Basing Locations Map
On January 12, 2017, the Secretary of the Air Force announced that NAS JRB Fort Worth had been identified as the preferred alternative with Davis-Monthan AFB, Homestead ARB and Whiteman AFB named as the reasonable alternatives for the AFRC F-35A mission. The preferred alternative and the reasonable alternatives will be equally evaluated in the EIS.
A No-Action Alternative has been included in the EIS. Implementation of the No-Action Alternative would mean that the AFRC F-35A beddown would not occur. Including a No-Action Alternative provides Air Force decision makers a baseline to compare against the potential environmental impacts of the basing action. The No-Action Alternative reflects the status quo, where no F-35A aircraft would arrive, and all existing aircraft would remain in place. No F-35A - related construction, renovation, or demolition would occur and existing flight operations would not change.
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