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Monday, April 6, 2009

More F-35s in the defense budget

Secretary Gates cut the F-22 Raptor program in his proposed 2010 defense budget, but is proposing more F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

Those fighters, although not operational yet, could come to Alabama.

The 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard at Dannelly Field flies F-16s now and has been included on the Pentagon's road map for new weapons systems. It would be years out, but the wing is in line for the F-35 to replace their aging F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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