JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --
The first Airmen and F-22s arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), Alaska, Dec. 17, 2018, as part of the Air Force’s ongoing commitment to maintain readiness and care for Airmen and families impacted by Hurricane Michael this past October.
Additional aircraft and personnel, originally assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, are scheduled to continue arriving to JBER’s 3rd Wing and JBPHH’s 154th and 15th Wings through early 2019.
“Our Air Force has acknowledged the strength of Tyndall comes from its Airmen and families. We are honored to welcome them to our team and committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the Indo-Pacific,” said Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander. “This relocation not only ensures our ability to maintain the readiness and lethality of our Airmen and this fifth generation fleet, but also enhances our capabilities to support the National Defense Strategy in this critical region.”
Fewer than 300 Airmen and their families are moving from Air Combat Command (ACC) to PACAF as a result of the catastrophic damage incurred at Tyndall during Hurricane Michael, a high-end Category 4 storm that struck the Florida panhandle Oct. 10.
In its wake, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said, “We are focused on taking care of our Airmen and their families and ensuring the resumption of operations.”
After the storm, F-22s from the 325th Fighter Wing’s 95th Fighter Squadron were evacuated to Langley AFB, Virginia, before being relocated to wings within ACC and PACAF.
Exact numbers of aircraft and personnel and precise timelines of movements are being withheld for operational security purposes.