Volcanoes Vex Air Force Base Relocation

The proposal to relocate the 18th Aggressor Squadron’s 21 F-16s from Eielson, located 25 miles southeast of Fairbanks, to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage is intended to save money. It’s part of an $8.7 billion dollar cut to the Air Force budget. Alaska is one of 33 states with bases affected by proposed cuts.

Alaska’s congressional delegation and Gov. Sean Parnell expressed that concern in a letter sent Wednesday to the Air Force’s secretary and chief of staff stating that “When volcanoes near Anchorage erupt, the air space can close.  While the Air Force has measures in place to respond to a volcanic eruption, the cost of relocating the fighter planes to another base would be increased if the F-16s were at Elmendorf-Richardson.”

Read more @: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Alaska delegation Parnell say Eielson move poses volcano risk

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So…. the issue here as I’m reading it is moving from 25 miles SE of Fairbanks to Anchorage where there is a greater risk of ash.

Well…. let’s take a closer look at the situation…

Here’s a map of Alaska near Anchorage from the Alaka Volcano Observatory.

Volcanoes near Anchorage

Upwind from Anchorage we have Spurr

Spurr Ash from the 1992 Eruption from the Michigan Technological University EOS Volcanology

Spurr Ash from the 1992 Eruption from the Michigan Technological University EOS Volcanology

and Redoubt

Redoubt Ash Fall

Next to Fairbanks we have (also from AVO):

Interior Alaska Volcano Map Courtesy of the Alaska Volcano Observatory

A tuff ring and a dome.

My humble opinion is … don’t move the planes.    Just sayin’

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