Democracy for America (DFA), Tucson chapter is hosting a panel discussion on the F-35, the Joint Strike Fighter Jet, on Wed. Feb. 10. This event will be at the Ward 6 Council office, 3202 E. 1st St. at 7 p.m. For website info, click here. DFA claims it is a “grassroots powerhouse delivering results for a progressive America and reforming the Democratic Party from the bottom-up.”
The event notice says it is to “Learn how loud the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet is and why there are few fixes if it is based in Tucson, the mitigation myth, what you should ask for, and what you can do.”
The Ward 6 office is located at the SE corner of E. 1st and Anderson Blvd, one block east of N. Country Club, one block south of E. Speedway.
For information in opposition to the F-35, see www.tucsonforward.com. The website says this newly-formed Tucson Forward group’s mission is “defending our community from the F-35.”
I also received an email from Ward 6 office informing us that Davis Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) will be hosting “open house” meetings to report on the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) related to the F-35 mission being proposed for Tucson International Airport (TIA).
Here is a schedule of those upcoming meetings, from March 1 to 5, all 6 to 9 p.m.
Sunnyside High School Foyer/Auditorium
1725 E. Bilby Road
Tucson, AZ 85706
San Carlos High School Cafeteria
Milepost 270 Highway 70
San Carlos, AZ 85550
Eastern Arizona College
Gila/Galiuro Room, Activities Center
1014 N. College Avenue
Thatcher, AZ 85552
Bisbee High School Cafeteria
475 School Terrace Road
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Roskruge Elementary School Auditorium
501 E. Sixth Street
Tucson, AZ 85705
For additional information in support of Davis Monthan’s F-35 project entitled Tucson Lightning– “intended to give Southern Arizonans a vehicle to voice their support for the proposed F-35 Lightning II training mission for the 162nd Fighter Wing at the airport” visit their link: http://www.162fw.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123187221. New website for pro-F35 is http://www.tucsonf35.com/
It may be time to find out more about this F-35 jet, and what it’s impact on Tucson will be. Attend these meetings to inform yourselves and your neighbors. Hopefully all your questions will be answered.
3/5/10 update: If you missed these meetings, send your input by April 5 to:
Mr. David Martin
266 F Street West, Bldg 901
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4319
Copies of the comment form can be downloaded at www.F-35ATrainingEIS.com.
7/30/10 UPDATE: Luke AFB in Glendale selected over TIA: http://tucsoncitizen.com/community/2010/07/30/f-35-to-be-flying-at-luke-afb-not-tia/