(Decision, postponed)….You can blame the recent Government shutdown.
The anticipated decision is to where to locate the F-35C Joint Strike Force Fighter Squadron. The Navy anticipated a decision after a Final Environmental Impact Report was completed. They figured that would be by the end of this year. Because of the shutdown, the Navy now says the Final EIR will not be ready for several more months, possibly not until mid next year. The choice the Navy is facing is between the Naval Air Station Lemoore and the Naval Air Facility El Centro. Imperial Valley United For Joint Strike Fighter, the group lobbying the Navy to locate the Squadron at NAF, says, while the delay is inconvenient, previous delays have tended to favor the Imperial Valley location.