Air Force officials went on record last year in support of putting the F-22s together. They argued that consolidation would save money and better align the fighter force since Congress has capped the number of F22s at 188 and nearly 250 F-15s and F-16s are headed to the boneyard.
Holloman became a candidate to relinquish its F-22s because its role of training pilots and sensor operators of remote-controlled aircraft grew.
The new plan calls for one of Holloman's two F-22 squadrons to move to Tyndall, already home to the service's lone F-22 training squadron. The new Tyndall squadron will fly operational missions. The Air Force did not say which F-22 squadron will move.
Adding an F-22 squadron to Tyndall assuages lawmakers who were concerned that Tyndall - with just one flying squadron - would be vulnerable in future drawdowns.
The second Holloman F-22 squadron will be deactivated. Six planes each will go to F-22 units at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., gets the remaining pair of F-22s for combat training and testing.