Overheard: Short film on the opposition to Madison F-35’s

Overheard   |  May 2020  |  by videographer Lucy McNeil     Overheard tells the story of one community’s fight to protect their homes against the placement of F35 fighter jets within their neighborhood.   Overheard Video  Explore some of the issues

Uncle Sam: clean up your mess

Wisconsin State Journal  |  27 May 2020  |  Brad Geyer I live next to the Truax Field military base in Madison. The U.S. government has poisoned the water and should clean it up. The federal government plans to spend more than $50 million to expand the base. It plans to bring in a squadron of […]

More PFAS contamination found in airport runoff

The Wisconsin State Journal  |  6 May, 2020  |  Chris Hubbuch   original article   “Dane County says it has found additional sources of harmful chemicals in water that drains from the Madison airport and plans to test a new technology for treating the water. The county said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon that […]

PFAS, COVID and potential environmental racism

The draft environmental impact study acknowledged that there will be “significant disproportionate impacts to low-income and minority populations as well as children.”  Although much of the US government is phasing out fluorine based firefighting foam use,  due to having jets with composite bodies like the Lockheed Martin F-35, the fluorine based foams will continue to be […]

Decision to base F-35s in Madison ignores public health concerns

The Cap Times  |  29 April 2020  |  Bruce Barrett and Paula Rogge   original letter    “Today we are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Our federal, state and local government officials have been working hard to contain the pandemic, and the public has followed social distancing instructions to “flatten the curve” until effective testing, […]

Air Force picks Truax for F-35 base; Madison opponents consider legal response

The Cap Times  |  15 April 2020  |  Steven Elbow   original article  While the U.S. Air Force cleared the final bureaucratic hurdle Wednesday to bring a squadron of F-35 fighter jets to Truax Field, opponents say they might take to the courts to stop the move. “We have retained some attorneys a while ago […]

Nation doesn’t need more war planes — Bradley Geyer

Wisconsin State Journal  |  15 April  |  Bradley Geyer :  Original Article  The U.S. military needs to focus on defending our nation. We have more than enough military already. We have too many bases around the world. Our government should not be controlling other nations. It should not be taking resources from other nations — […]

Madison chosen for F-35 mission; Truax to get first jets in 2023

Wisconsin State Journal  |  15 April 2020  |  Chris Hubbach    Madison chosen for F-35 mission; Truax to get first jets in 2023 Madison has been chosen to host a squadron of F-35 fighter jets. The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that it will send the new jets to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th […]

‘We have just begun:’ Opponents of militarism proclaim

Northside News   |  15 April  2020  |   Oona Mackesey-Green   Original Article   U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson announced Wednesday morning that the U.S. Air Force had selected Truax Field in Madison as the site for squadron of F-35 fighter jets. The announcement follows months of local opposition to the F-35s from residents who live near Truax […]

Carla D. Raushenbush: Struggling to understand Baldwin’s support for F-35s

The Cap Time  |  10 April 2020  |  Carla D. Raushenbush     Dear Editor: Dear Sen. Tammy Baldwin, I hope this finds you well! I am fine, staying at home during the pandemic.   I am angry and despairing over your continuing support of F-35s in Madison. Trying to understand, I have researched and […]