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F-35 Fighter Jets arrive in Montgomery

A local news outlet reports the first F-35 fighter jets have arrived at Montgomery’s Dannelly Field this week.

On Wednesday, three combat jets landed at the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing.

The new F-35s are equipped with radar, R-F energy and other technology.

There are plans to add 20 jets over the next year.

Lt. Col. Kevin Pugh, the director of this project, predicts the jets will have an economic impact of nearly $2 billion.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.