"In July 2010 Luke Air Force Base was identified by the Air Force as the base which best fulfills the mission and responsibilities inherent in training pilots to fly the F-35A. The DEIS is another step in the process before Air Force makes its final decision on which base it will use to train F-35A pilots.
"I am pleased to find that the DEIS supports Luke's bid to demonstrate why it is clearly the base best suited for this vital mission. This is an exciting time for Luke Air Force Base and the community; the F-35A is the future of the Air Force, and training these pilots will maintain Luke's vision for 'Developing Airmen for America's Air Force.'"
Congressman Franks is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Before the Environmental Impact Statement becomes final, there will be a period open for public comment from February 13 through 16. Constituents interested in commenting can visit http://www.f-35atrainingeis.com/ to learn more about how to become involved and voice their opinions regarding the Air Force's decision.