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Complaining about Congress is practically a national pastime, so I know I won’t be breaking new ground here. But recently, Congress introduced an amendment that would end production of the F-35B. Their solution: For us to go back to the dangerously outdated F-18. This makes no sense to me. We have invested way too much into our next generation F-35’s to stop now. They will carry our military for decades to come. Thankfully, enough Congressmen voted the amendment down, but it served as another reminder of the scary backward thinking from some leaders in Washington.
The US Air Force needs to hear support from East Valley residents for the F-35 mission at Luke Air Force Base. Luke, located in the West Valley, is contending to be one of the key training sites for the F-35 Lightning II, also referred to as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter is shown after it was unveiled in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. The Harper government (Canada) announced one of the biggest military equipment purchases in history on Friday July 16, 2010, to buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin. (AP Photo/LM Ottero, file)