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Release No: 1054-10
November 16, 2010

Air Force Selects Preferred Alternative Base for C-17 Aircraft

            The Air Force announced today its preferred basing decision for eight C-17 aircraft at an Air National Guard location.

            The preferred base approved by the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force is:  Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.  Along with the C-17 basing action, 12 C-5A aircraft assigned to Stewart will be retired. 

            “The Air Force has completed its initial analysis of a full range of alternatives and determined that basing the C-17 at Stewart is the preferred alternative,” said Kathleen Ferguson, Air Force deputy assistant secretary for installations.  “This is not a final basing decision; it is the alternative we believe will fulfill our mission responsibilities while considering economic, environmental, and technical factors.”

            Once the environmental impact analysis process is complete then a final decision will be made.

            For more information about this basing action, media may contact the Air Force public affairs office at 703-695-0640.

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