In Other News: Tucson ANG Base Would Gain Taiwanese Training Unit under Plan to Move F-16s; KC-135 Tankers in Guam Damaged by Typhoon; American States Begins Operations at Ft. Riley

In Other News: Tucson ANG Base Would Gain Taiwanese Training Unit under Plan to Move F-16s; KC-135 Tankers in Guam Damaged by Typhoon; American States Begins Operations at Ft. Riley

F-16 flight operations by the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing at Tucson International Airport would increase by about 16 percent under a plan to base a training unit of the Taiwan Air Force there. The proposal, which also calls for the construction of a new gate and security complex, concluded that basing 14 Taiwanese F-16s at the 162nd Wing would have “no significant impact” on the surrounding environment and community, according to a draft environmental assessment. The move is part of a larger plan to shift F-16s from Luke AFB, Ariz., to accommodate the basing of 144 F-35A fighters, reports the Arizona Daily Star. … Several KC-135 tankers deployed to Anderson AFB were damaged last week as Typhoon Maria passed through Guam, according to Pacific Air Forces. After starting out as a tropical storm with maximum winds of about 70 miles per hour when it hit Guam on Wednesday, Maria was upgraded to a super typhoon on Friday with wind speeds reaching 160 miles per hour, reported Defense News. American States Utility Services (ASUS) has assumed the operation, maintenance and construction management of the water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment facilities at Fort Riley, Kan., after completing a transition period, the company announced Monday. ASUS, which now serves 11 U.S. military installations, was awarded a contract last year with an initial value of $601 million over a 50-year period, according to a press release.

 

Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mindy Bloem

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