New Mexico Wants F-35 FightersNew Mexico Wants F-35 FightersNew Mexico Wants F-35 FightersNew Mexico Wants F-35 FightersWere the Pentagon to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Cannon AFB, N.M., instead of Eglin AFB, Fla., taxpayers would save at least $170 million, say lawmakers from New Mexico. With that argument, they hope to get Cannon off the BRAC closure list. The Clovis (NM) News-Journal notes that Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman says that $167 million of the $209 million slated for Eglin would pay for infrastructure that Cannon already has. Republican Sen. Pete Domenici noted that Cannon also has pilot training experience.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.