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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HJR 19                                                                                                         
01 Urging the Secretary of the United States Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the United States                            
02 Air Force, and the Commander of the Pacific Air Forces to base F-35 aircraft assigned to the                            
03 Pacific Air Forces at Eielson Air Force Base or Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.                                        
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05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
06      WHEREAS, on February 25, 2014, the United States Air Force, as a matter of critical                              
07 importance, announced five contesting locations in the Asia-Pacific theater for basing F-35                             
08 aircraft; and                                                                                                         
09      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are the                                       
10 only candidates for basing F-35 aircraft on United States soil; and                                                     
11      WHEREAS the United States Air Force recently, based on the best interests of the                                 
12 United States National Security Strategy, decided to forego the proposed relocation of the                              
13 18th Aggressor Squadron's F-16 aircraft from Eielson Air Force Base; and                                                
14      WHEREAS the citizens of Alaska commend the United States Air Force's leadership                                  
15 on the decision not to relocate the 18th Aggressor Squadron; and                                                        
01      WHEREAS the strengths of Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-                                        
02 Richardson are consistently recognized by the Pacific Air Forces, the United States Pacific                             
03 Command, and the United States Air Force's joint and coalition partners around the world;                               
04 and                                                                                                                     
05      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson play an                                       
06 essential role in the successful execution of the United States national security strategy by                           
07 enabling United States military assets to reach 95 percent of the industrial world within nine                          
08 hours; and                                                                                                              
09      WHEREAS aircraft placed at Eielson Air Force Base or Joint Base Elmendorf-                                       
10 Richardson are a substantial asset to the Pacific Air Forces and the United States Pacific                              
11 Command; and                                                                                                            
12      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson serve a                                       
13 critical function in reinforcing the Pacific region and defending the Asia-Pacific theater; and                         
14      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base, as the guarantor of the North-Pacific air                                        
15 refueling bridge through the KC-135 aerial tankers of the 168th Air Refueling Wing, is at the                           
16 forefront of protecting the United States' interests in the event of conflict in the Pacific region;                    
17 and                                                                                                                     
18      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base is a highly rated installation for basing F-35                                    
19 aircraft in the Asia-Pacific theater; and                                                                               
20      WHEREAS F-35 aircraft are planned to replace A-10 aircraft in providing air-to-                                  
21 ground mission support for ground forces; and                                                                           
22      WHEREAS Fort Wainwright is home to significant Army combat maneuver forces,                                      
23 which require joint, air-to-ground support training; and                                                                
24      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base provides a gateway to the Joint Pacific Alaska                                    
25 Range Complex; and                                                                                                      
26      WHEREAS basing F-35 aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base would further benefit                                     
27 military service members from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Fort Wainwright, and our                                 
28 allies around the world who train at the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex; and                                        
29      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base has unfettered access to an unparalleled training                                 
30 environment and the largest restricted training airspace in the United States; and                                      
31      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base has a storage capacity for 24,000,000 gallons of                                  
01 jet fuel, and its runway can provide year-round handling for the largest aircraft of the United                         
02 States, its military allies, and strategic partners; and                                                                
03      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base helps to secure important oil infrastructure,                                     
04 including the Trans Alaska Pipeline System, which supplies a significant portion of the                                 
05 nation's energy needs; and                                                                                              
06      WHEREAS, as a self-contained base, Eielson Air Force Base produces its own heat                                  
07 and electricity from locally mined coal, uses its own water supply and water treatment                                  
08 facility, and obtains jet fuel directly from a dedicated refinery; and                                                  
09      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base employs approximately 2,500 military personnel                                    
10 and has an annual economic effect of approximately $252,000,000, making it a critical                                   
11 component of the local and regional economies of Interior Alaska; and                                                   
12      WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is the largest military installation in                                  
13 Alaska and is home to the Alaskan Command, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense                                     
14 Command Region, 11th Air Force Third Wing, United States Army Alaska headquarters, 4th                                  
15 Brigade Combat Team's 25th Infantry Division, Third Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 477th                                 
16 Fighter Group, Alaska Army National Guard, Alaska Air National Guard, and more than 60                                  
17 other organizations; and                                                                                                
18      WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson covers 84,530 acres; and                                                 
19      WHEREAS members of the United States Army stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-                                     
20 Richardson are at the forefront of protecting the nation's interest in the volatile regions of the                      
21 Asian-Pacific and provide ready and relevant forces to overseas contingency operations; and                             
22      WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson continues to grow in size and                                            
23 importance because of its strategic location near the Pacific and the Arctic; and                                       
24      WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has access to world-class training                                       
25 facilities; and                                                                                                         
26      WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has proved to be a suitable host for                                     
27 many other military aircraft including the C-17 Globemaster III, F-22 Raptor, C12F Huron, E-                            
28 Sentry, C-130 Hercules, UH 60 A/I Black Hawk, and the HH 60 Pave Hawk; and                                              
29      WHEREAS the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region                                               
30 safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, responds to all air sovereignty threats, trains                        
31 to meet all response options on a no-notice basis, maintains infrastructure to support the air                          
01 defense mission, and integrates space and new technologies to support those missions; and                               
02      WHEREAS the 11th Air Force provides mission-ready and deployable forces,                                         
03 provides secure and efficient air base operations, improves the premier joint training                                  
04 environment of the state, and modernizes Air Force facilities and support; and                                          
05      WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is home to the Alaskan Command, an                                       
06 organization that integrates military activities in the state, maximizes readiness, and supports                        
07 worldwide contingency force deployments; and                                                                            
08      WHEREAS the Joint Task Force Alaska, an organization that deters, prevents, and                                  
09 defeats terrorist threats within the Alaska Joint Operations Area and that executes Defense                             
10 Support of Civil Authorities, is located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson; and                                        
11      WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is an important part of the Anchorage                                    
12 community, hosting approximately 12,000 Arctic warriors, approximately 20,000 family                                    
13 members, and more than 2,000 civilian employees; and                                                                    
14      WHEREAS Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson anchor the                                    
15 world's largest joint air, land, sea, subsea, space, and electromagnetic training assets; enjoy                         
16 minimal airspace congestion throughout Alaska; and enable joint training venues that support                            
17 large military live-fire exercises, force-on-force training, unmanned aerial vehicle operations,                        
18 and supersonic flights; and                                                                                             
19      WHEREAS, as compared to overseas Pacific installations, Eielson Air Force Base                                   
20 and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are more cost-effective to maintain; and                                            
21      WHEREAS Alaska citizens have continually proven their support of all military                                    
22 service members and all bases in Alaska; and                                                                            
23      WHEREAS Alaskans salute and respect all military service members on all bases in                                 
24 Alaska;                                                                                                                 
25      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature strongly urges the Secretary of                                 
26 the United States Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and the                                 
27 Commander of the Pacific Air Forces to base F-35 aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base or Joint                            
28 Base Elmendorf-Richardson.                                                                                              
29      COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Deborah Lee James,                                      
30 Secretary of the United States Air Force; General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the                              
31 United States Air Force; General Herbert J. Carlisle, Commander of the Pacific Air Forces;                              
01 Lieutenant General Russell J. Handy, Commander, Alaska Command, U.S. Pacific                                            
02 Command; Commander, Eleventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and Commander, Alaskan                                      
03 North American Aerospace Defense Command Region.                                                                        
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