“People like being here,” Portman said, “It was a good victory for the base and it’s going to fill out a part of the base for the foreseeable future because the F-35 is going to be here for a long time.”
One other reason why WPAFB was attractive for this new mission, according to Portman, is that there is ready-made space for some of the employees without any new construction.
Still, Portman said there could be some facilities work eventually.
“They do want to construct some things and do some work on the base but I would guess in the next few months we’ll begin to see some of these functions that are done elsewhere,” Portman said.
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