February 13, 2007 (by SrA Anthony Kuhn) - Representatives from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin gathered at Marietta, Ga., Feb 12, 2007, to see and accept the Pacific Air Forces' first F-22.
Representatives from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin gathered, Feb 12, 2007, to see the roll-out of Pacific Air Forces' first F-22 (#05-087). [LMTAS photo]
This latest F-22 will be among 36 others who will make up the first Raptors in the Pacific Theater assigned to PACAF
at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.
Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens said that the Raptor will play a key role is guaranteeing American superiority of the skies in the Pacific.
"General Billy Mitchell once observed this: Alaska is the most strategic place in the world... whoever holds Alaska will hold the world." Senator Stevens said.
The F-22's advanced avionics, super sonic speed, and stealth capabilities will help to dissuade any enemy in the region, according to Air Force officials.
General Paul Hester, commander of Pacific Air Forces, said the F-22 Raptor will show America's continued commitment to maintain peace and stability in the Pacific.
"An important part of this business is to know and show the foes of America... who stand against our allies and friends... that you have the capacity, the capability, as well as the will to use that power."
The F-22's stationed in PACAF will continue to demonstrate America's commitment to the region by securing safety for our nation and allies.