The Air Force is awaiting the completion of the tactical air study before solidifying timelines for planned force structure moves.
This decision was based on a thorough environmental analysis, including the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement and consideration of inputs from the public and regulatory agencies.
Consolidating the F-22 fleet at Joint Base Langley-Eustis would make use of existing force structure, which would increase aircraft availability and shorten training timelines. This, in turn, would improve pilot production rates and readiness.
The F-22 FTU was previously based at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Due to damage from Hurricane Michael at the installation, the FTU was temporarily relocated to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida while the Air Force used its strategic basing process to determine the unit’s permanent location.
The full ROD can be found in the Federal Register here.