The Lithuanian edition of Baltic news hub Delfi quoted Jaak Tarien, the commander of the Estonian Air Force, who bragged that the American "planes operate only at carefully selected bases, and today's landing of the F-22s at Amari shows a high assessment of the professionalism of the Estonian Air Force."
As Delfi explained, the nub of the matter was that "such modern fighters have not yet visited the Baltic countries."
The online newspaper then proceeded to complain that "the fact that the Americans chose Amari, and not [Lithuania's] Zokniai aerodrome, is no accident. According to unofficial reports, pilots from many countries, including the US, Spain and Germany, prefer Amari, and not Zokniai. While Zokniai is located close to the city, it is more reminiscent of a Soviet base."
The newspaper explained that "pilots also do not like the hotels and entertainment which are available in Siauliai," a city in northern Lithuania not far from the Zokniai base. "Therefore," the paper noted, "persuading them to deploy in Lithuania, instead of Estonia, will be more difficult. The Estonians attract [NATO] military personnel not only by its base's proximity to the capital, but also through the amenities which are available on the base, which were upgraded last year."
Delfi jealously noted that while "Amari is located in the woods a few dozen kilometers from [the Estonian capital of] Tallinn, it offers its guests the very best of Tallinn's hotels, with transport and excursions provided for. Golf courses provide American military personnel with special discounts, and last year the menu at the base's canteen was changed to account for the taste of its foreign contingent."