Air Force selects preferred alternative base for C-27J training aircraft Published Jan. 8, 2011 By Andre Kok Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force officials announced Dec. 8 that it has chosen Key Field Air National Guard Base, Miss., as the preferred alternative base for the C-27J Spartan training aircraft. The secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff of the Air Force considered the site survey results, mission-specific objective criteria, and other military judgment factors in making this preferred alternative decision. "This base is the right location for these two C-27J training aircraft," said Kathleen Ferguson, the deputy assistant secretary for installations. "This will provide the Air Force with the appropriate synergy to accomplish its mission." This announcement is not a final basing decision. Selection is subject to completion of the environmental impact analysis process. Pending completion of the analysis, Air Force officials intend to bed down two training C-27Js, with aircraft arriving in the second half of fiscal 2014.