Welcome to the United States Air Force F-35A Training Basing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Website.
On June 26, 2013, the Air Force signed a second Record of Decision (ROD) that chose Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona as the location for 72 additional F-35A aircraft, bringing the eventual total number of fifth-generation fighters to 144. This action follows the Air Force signing the initial Record of Decision (ROD) on August 1, 2012 to base a Pilot Training Center for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at Luke AFB. These decisions were based on the Final EIS made available on June 15, 2012, inputs from the public and regulatory agencies, and other relevant factors. A copy of both RODs are provided on the EIS Documents page.
The basing alternatives for an F-35A Pilot Training Center considered in the EIS included Boise Air Terminal Air Guard Station, Idaho; Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico; Luke AFB, Arizona; and Tucson International Airport Air Guard Station, Arizona.
The EIS evaluated the Proposed Action with several basing alternatives and the No Action Alternative. The Proposed Action evaluated the establishment of the F-35A Pilot Training Center by basing F-35A aircraft at one or more of the basing alternatives listed above. Each basing alternative was evaluated for up to six increments of 24 F-35A training aircraft. Environmental consequences of the needed construction, personnel changes, and flight operations at the main airfield, auxiliary airfields, military ranges, and in the military airspace are described in the EIS.
The No Action Alternative for this EIS meant that an F-35A training basing would not take place at any of the basing alternatives. No F-35A personnel changes or construction would be performed and no F-35A training activities would be conducted. The No Action Alternative constitutes the baseline conditions at each basing alternative.
This website provides information about both RODs, the EIS, schedule, and public involvement opportunities. Your involvement and feedback have been essential in assisting us to identify key environmental issues potentially affected by the Air Force's F-35A Training Basing proposal. The Air Force thanks all members of the public and agencies who participated in the public involvement opportunities.
A copy of the Final EIS is provided on the EIS Documents page. The Final EIS includes the public's concerns and comments on the Proposed Action provided during the 54-day review and public hearings on the Draft EIS. Schedules, locations, and other materials from these Public Hearings are provided on the Public Involvement Materials page. The schedule for the entire EIAP and completion of the EIS is provided on the Schedule page.