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Unread post21 Feb 2017, 07:09

Anyone have any RUMINT as to which squadrons will be reactivated at Eielson? Is there a process in place that selects which USAF squadrons to reactivate?

And will the 60th be resurrected at Eglin?
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Unread post21 Feb 2017, 07:41

For sure I do not understand how, why & wherefore USAF squadrons are numbered named or just plain referrered to as because to me there is a bewildering number of '2nd OPS' squadrons so I'll leave it to knowledgeable to decipher this....

First posted by 'SWP' 16 Aug 2013: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=24437&p=257316&hilit=Eielson#p257316
"...DWG [Defence Writers Group]: Also I’d just ask about — I know we can talk about F-35 at Eielson. Do you have some thoughts on that? Talk about where that is right now?

General Carlisle: Sure. We’re in the process now of doing the strategic basing to determine where the F-35 — The Secretary of the Air Force has said the first overseas F-35s will, and that is the 2 nd Ops Squadron, is going to be in the Pacific, which is what I think is the right decision as you might imagine. I think it points to the rebalance to the Pacific...."

Source: http://www.airforcemag.com/DWG/Document ... rlisle.pdf (193Kb)
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Unread post21 Feb 2017, 14:20

It sounds like Carlisle is simply referring to the fact that the second combat-coded, operational squadrons will be based at Eielson. I don't believe he's stating that the "2nd FS" will be reactivated there. To that end, the 2nd has already been reactivated at Tyndall as an adversary T-38 unit for the F-22s.
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Unread post22 Apr 2018, 03:15

Bump...any update on which fighter squadrons will be reactivated at Eielson when the F-35s show up?
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Unread post25 Apr 2018, 01:58

Looking at hill, the fighter squadrons (4, 34) were transitioned from existing F-16 squadrons within 388 FW. Since 354 FW have been identified as the FW that would house the FS, it could be any of the sqns currently or previously in the FW. I do note 355 was reactivated in 2015 with detachment 457 (F-16). 18 FS also flies the F-16 in that FW in the aggressor role.

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