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New AF training units coming to Holloman


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Two additional F-16 training squadrons will be based out of Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo for an interim period beginning this summer, according to an announcement by a New Mexico congressional group.
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-Santa Fe, and Martin Heinrich, D-Albuquerque, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs, said that Holloman will create a new Formal Training Unit once the two squadrons arrive, a decision made by the Air Force command following the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment.
The assessment found no significant impact, and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson gave final approval Friday to begin moving the F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Holloman, the statement indicated. A final determination whether to make the interim basing permanent is still pending.
Udall, Heinrich and Pearce had written letters and met with Air Force command officers to ask for relocation of the units to Holloman Air Force Base, citing Holloman’s airspace and good weather conditions, the base’s existing mission as an F-16 training location and a surrounding community welcoming of the squadrons, service members and their families.
“Holloman is already excelling in its current F-16 mission, and I look forward to seeing the base continue to thrive as a training site for these new squadrons,” Udall said.