Congressman Matt Gaetz says the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron, a unit of the 53rd Fighter Wing that evaluates air-to-ground weapons systems, is moving from Eglin Air Force Base to Utah’s Hill Air Force Base. However, he also said Eglin will be gaining an F-35 training squadron in the near future which is expected to bring 10 times the uniformed personnel that will be lost from the transfer of the 86th. The F-35s are expected to begin arriving at the base in the fall of 2021, with the new squadron slated to reach full operational capability by spring 2023.

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