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Training Unit Move to Joint Base Langley-Eustis

The United States Air Force has decided to permanently locate the F-22 Raptor formal training unit (FTU) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia.

The unit was displaced from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida due to 2018’s Hurricane Michael.  Governor Northam, a bipartisan congressional delegation and General Assembly members urged the Air Force to select Joint Base Langley-Eustis as the new permanent home for the F-22 FTU.

“We are thrilled to welcome the F-22 Raptor formal training unit to our Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “Home to a significant number of military installations with critical national security missions and operations, there is no place that welcomes service members more warmly than the Hampton Roads region. Langley-Eustis is the right choice, with the ideal environment to achieve the maintenance and supply efficiencies that are critical to successful F-22 squadron training. This move is good for the Air Force and the Langley-Eustis community, and demonstrates that Virginia is best suited to host this mission and the next generation of air dominance fighter aircraft.”

The Virginia Air National Guard 192nd Fighter Wing, which flies F-22 Raptors, is already based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis so its experienced instructors and maintainers will help support the FTU.

Governor’s Press Release