Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is among four sites under consideration for an Air Force Reserve F-35A Lightning II fighter squadron by 2023. The Air Force made the announcement yesterday. The other bases under consideration are in Florida, Texas, and Missouri.
Local military supporters and government officials have been pushing for new missions at D-M since the Air Force wants to retire the entire fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support jets at the Tucson base. The targeted A-10 full retirement year is 2022, but D-M could start losing some of its A-10s by 2018.