Alamogordo and Holloman got bad news in early 2014 when a German Luftwaffe training unit flying Tornado fighters announced it was leaving
N.M. Delegation Pushed for USAF Decision
‘BY ABQ FREE PRESS STAFF
The U.S. Air Force is planning to relocate two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base.
The move is part of the creation of a new training unit that will involve moving F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Currently, the Air Force is roughly 700 F-16 fighter pilots short of requirements.
There are two squadrons and 56 F-16s at Holloman.
The decision, which will be made final next spring, follows a joint effort by three members of the New Mexico congressional delegations — U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep Steve Pearce — to urge the Air Force to choose Holloman. They cited Holloman’s unmatched airspace, the base’s existing mission as a F-16 training location, and the local community’s willingness to welcome the new squadrons, service members, and families.
Alamogordo and Holloman got bad news in early 2014 when a German Luftwaffe 14-aircraft training unit flying Tornado fighters announced it was leaving. As many as 450 pilots, crews and families will be departing for Germany by 2018. The Germans have been training at Holloman since 1992.