(Imperial Valley Joint Strike Fighter Coalition going to Washington D.C.)….The group is going to lobby one more time.
It could be the last time before a decision is made. The Coalition is pushing to convince the Navy to home base the Joint Strike Fighter Squadron F-35C at the Naval Air Facility, El Centro. The Home Basing decision is between the local Navy base and the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California. The Navy has indicated a decision could be announced some time in January. The locals argue Home Basing the Squadron here would be much more of an economic benefit, both to the Navy and to the locals. They say it would also be a greater benefit to the squadron, since much of it’s training would be at NAF, anyway. This trip, the coalition will carry the message to the Navy that they could save over $100 million per year, if the Squadron were to be home based at NAF El Centro.