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Members of New Mexico Delegation Seek F-16s for Air Base

The New Mexico flag waves in the breeze at the front gate of Holloman Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Deandre Curtiss)
The New Mexico flag waves in the breeze at the front gate of Holloman Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Deandre Curtiss)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A bipartisan contingent of the state's congressional delegation is urging the federal government to relocate F-16 squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base and expand training efforts at the southern New Mexico post.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Steve Pearce are asking U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General David Goldfein for a meeting to discuss Holloman.

The Air Force plans to move F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah to make room for new F-35s.

The elected officials say relocating the fighter aircraft to New Mexico would benefit the F-16 pipeline given that Holloman has unmatched restricted airspace, quality infrastructure, good weather and a welcoming community.

The lawmakers say the Air Force is planning a formal assessment of Holloman this fall.

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