Senator Stabenow Statement on Air Force F-35 Basing Decision

Monday, June 07, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Air Force’s decision to select Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Arkansas as the preferred location to host the long-term F-35 Foreign Military Sales training missions.


“I strongly disagree with the Air Force’s decision. Selfridge has the personnel, the airspace and the facilities, and was the most cost-effective choice to host these F-35 training missions. Selfridge was already evaluated by the Air Force as a location that could support the F-35 in a previous basing. Bottom line—this decision simply does not add up. I will be demanding answers to a number of questions as to how this decision was made by the Acting Air Force Secretary.”