The fate of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron based at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks is expected to be announced Wednesday afternoon in Washington.

More than a year ago, the Air Force said it was planing to relocate the airplanes as well as hundreds of pilots and support personnel to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

While the move was described by the military as an attempted cost-saving measure, it was met with opposition by many in Fairbanks and the entire Alaska Congressional Delegation.

Sen. Mark Begich and Sen. Lisa Murkowski will meet in Rep. Don Young's office Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Alaska time to hear the verdict from acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning.

The delegation will host a press conference after the meeting, and while there is no confirmation of the decision yet, there is some optimism from people who want to see the squadron stay put.

Jim Dodson, president of the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, said he believes that will be the decision announced tomorrow. Dodson said in an interview that he does not have specific promises, but meetings with high-ranking military officials make him confident.

"I've been doing this for a long time, so I'm fairly certain I'm right about this," Dodson said.