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Posted on: March 27, 2019

Langley is candidate to become new formal training site for F-22 Raptor fighter jet

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March 28, 2019 - The U.S. Air Force says Langley Air Force Base is the preferred home for the F-22 Raptor formal training unit, which could bring 700-800 new jobs to the area. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday: "We are incredibly pleased the Air Force has identified Joint Base Langley-Eustis as a candidate base. This course of action will optimize the readiness... of the overall F-22 force." The Air Force has filed a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement assessing the potential consequences of moving jet training from Florida to Virginia, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. That assessment typically takes 24-48 months. the Air Force will also conduct a site survey at Langley. Bruce Sturk, director of federal facilities for Hampton, said the city "is extremely pleased to be the host city for Joint Base Langley-Eustis, specifically Langley Air Force Base. And we're excited about the recent basing decision. The economic benefits to both the City of Hampton and Hampton Roads will be significant."

Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting included the F-22 news in a briefing to City Council Wednesday night.

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