- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Southern Arizona will not be the home of drone pilots as the Air Force has decided to house a new program at a different base.

The Arizona Daily Star reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/2k4gIAH ) that the secretary of the Air Force announced that Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina is the preferred location to base a new MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft group.

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, was also named the preferred location for the first Air Force Reserve-led F-35 base over Davis-Monthan.

Davis-Monthan had been a finalist for both of the new units.

The announcements come as Davis-Monthan officials are preparing for its main mission, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets, to retire in phases by 2022.

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

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