Holloman Air Force Base’s newly designated 54th Fighter Group has received its first three F-16 Fighting Falcons, base officials announced.
Holloman is slated to receive 55 of the fourth-generation fighters by October 2015 as it becomes a formal F-16 training base. Most of those aircraft are coming from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, which is switching from an F-16 training base to F-22 Raptor training. The F-22 is a fifth-generation stealth fighter.
Holloman lost the last of its F-22 Raptors to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., this year in an Air Force realignment.
Lt. Col. Scott Frederick, commander of Holloman’s 311th Fighter Squadron, said the squadron falls under the 54th Fighter Group. In addition to the 54th, Holloman plans to host a second flying squadron once additional F-16s arrive. Base officials said that 917 personnel are transferring from Luke, and that an additional 23 new positions will be created at Holloman.