- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on Germany’s decision to end flight training mission at Holloman Air Force Base (all times local):

11:00 a.m.

New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce says he hopes Germany changes its mind and keeps a pilot training operation at Holloman Air Force Base but that he’s already working on filling the void that the Luftwaffe’s departure will leave at the Alamogordo installation.

Pearce says his office is working with local officials and the U.S. military to find alternative missions for Holloman.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/22zFljU ) that the Luftwaffe will end its mission training German pilots in Tornado aircraft by 2019 due to budget constraints. The German pilots have been a presence at Holloman since 1992.



Pearce says Holloman has many things going for it, including good flying weather, strong community support and training ranges that mimic terrain across the globe.

10:05 a.m.

The German Air Force is terminating its contract to train its pilots at Holloman Air Force Base.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/22zFljU ) that the Luftwaffe will end its mission training German pilots in Tornado aircraft by 2019. The German pilots have been a presence at Holloman since 1992.

Commander of German forces in the United States Col. Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff says the German Air Force Flying Training Center has appreciated Holloman’s hospitality and that the development is a sad one.

He says the termination is due to tactical and logistical reasons more than finances, as it is easier to take care of the Tornados fleet in Germany.

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Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, https://www.alamogordonews.com

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