- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Drone pilots could be headed to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base as the Southern Arizona base is a finalist for the new unit.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/2bZAYzP ) that Davis-Monthan is one of the five final possible locations announced Thursday for a new unit that will remotely pilot MQ-9 Reaper drones.

The announcement comes as the Pentagon prepares to retire Davis-Monthan’s Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet unit in 2022.

The Air Force said other locations it is considering to control the Reaper include Moody Air Force Base in Georgia; Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho; Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska; and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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