In an attempt to spur national homebuilders to invest in new housing to serve families stationed at Eielson AFB, leaders in Fairbanks, Alaska, have asked the Air Force for a written commitment that it won’t ask its privatized housing partner to build additional units at its existing project there. In response to a question from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) at a hearing last week, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the service has no plans to expand the housing project at Eielson. But the mayor of Fairbanks North Star Borough and the head of the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. say a stronger assurance is needed to allay the concerns of major housing investors, reports the Daily News-Miner. An estimated 900 new housing units will be needed by 2020 as two squadrons of F-35As are established at Eielson. “Just them saying it, that’s great. But how about a guarantee?” said Aaron Welterlen, past president of the Interior Alaska Building Association’s board of directors.
Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Fisher