F-22 squadrons slated for Hawaii, New Mexico
ARLINGTON, Va. — The third and fourth squadrons of F-22 fighter jets will be located at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley announced Wednesday.
Those two bases are the “preferred third and fourth bed-down locations for the F-22A,” Moseley said in a prepared Air Force announcement.
However, “We still must complete the environmental analysis required [by federal law] before finalizing our decisions,” Moseley said.
The first squadron of 12 F-22 Raptors, at Langley Air Force Base, Va., was declared operational on Dec. 15.
Air Force leaders plan to locate the second F-22 squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, which is undergoing an environmental analysis.