The U.S. Air Force selected Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico, as the preferred location for the relocation of the AC-130J Ghostrider Formal Training Unit from Hurlburt Field, Florida.

The AC-130J is a fourth generation gunship and its primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance.

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This relocation allows for Air Force Special Operations Command to realign its training mission under Air Education and Training Command and consolidate AC-130 initial and mission qualification training at Kirtland AFB. This realignment includes seven aircraft and 372 positions.

The Air Force will complete a required environmental impact analysis before a final decision is made; the start of relocating the Formal Training Unit is expected to begin in the summer of 2022.