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Nearly three weeks have passed since Pentagon officials were expected to reveal the new hosts for the F 35, with Selfridge Air National Guard Base being among the five finalists.
Now, according to base officials, word about which two installments will be chosen to house the military s newest fighter plane probably won t come until December.
Col. Shawn Lou Holtz, 127th Wing Operations Group Commander, addressed the delay Tuesday at the monthly Selfridge Air National Guard Base Community Council meeting at Zuccaro s Banquets Catering in Chesterfield Township.
He reported that on Sept. 25, the selection process had been vetted through the Air National Guard, and sent to the secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson.
We don t know exactly why, but there is a rumor out there the reason for it is because she asked, why are there only five? There should be more than that. . I remain rather optimistic, my crystal ball is broken so I don t know the answer, but I think we have a very good shot at the objective, he said. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. The other three finalists include Dannelly Field Air Guard Station in Montgomery, Ala.; Gowen Field Air Guard Station in Boise, Idaho; and Jacksonville Air Guard Station in Florida.
If it was objective, there is no question we would get this, but they look at probably a little bit of political stuff, there are airplanes that are going away and it doesn t make sense, and I understand that, Holtz said. So if you have a block of F 16s that are going away, it s probably better to take and replace those units because let s say the F 16s in those units go away, but the A 10 units (one of which currently operates out of Selfridge) are the ones that get the F 35s, are you going to take our A 10s and give them a F 16 unit?
Now they train in the A 10s, and it takes about five years in my mind to convert. I was the first instructor to come over (to Selfridge) from Battle Creek (Air National Guard Base) when we converted the A 10s here. And when the unit really felt comfortable, it was about five years. And so can you imagine converting and then at that five year point, they might say it s your turn to convert to the F 35s.
Another theory is that if Selfridge is selected on its merits and Truax is selected due to the influence of Ryan, two cold weather sites would have been chosen at the expense of two warm weather sites. Holtz said that is a bit of a concern, but it realistically shouldn t be an issue.
But the problem is down the road they can t just put all these F 35s in warm weather bases. So when you re looking at Jacksonville and Montgomery, doing the research, they don t have climate standards that they put out that say you must have certain weather conditions. None of that was out there when we put this together, Holtz added. There is word out there that we are considered a northern tier base, and it has me a little concerned. But again, there were discussions on how you can t just put them all in the South, and by the way, Alaska has a F 35 base going in.
Holtz remains confident the Selfridge Advantage presentation that was provided to Pentagon officials during their official visit to the base in June is sound and should continue to make the base one of the frontrunners.
I feel like Selfridge s size is a plus. It s not a joint field, it s all military, so that give us an advantage there, he said. The airspace that we have. Air National Guard, Coast Guard and Combat Readiness Training Center). So if you take a look at Alpena, Battle Creek and Selfridge working together, that s a strong point for us getting it. We have the capability, we could probably have three F 35 squadrons because Selfridge is so large. And a lot of these other fields are kind of small, postage stamp sized, sitting on one side is the military base, and on the other side is the civilian airport.