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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

Air Force Academy Addresses Neighbors’ Noise Concerns

  • June 4, 2015
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Officials at the Air Force Academy have adjusted the schedule and flight paths for cadet’s flight training to lesson noise experienced over northern Colorado Springs neighborhoods. Cadets now will start morning flights with a corkscrew ascent over the academy’s airfield, allowing the T-53 trainer aircraft to reach a higher altitude before they pass over homes, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. The noise complaints from the academy’s neighbors began after the school shifted its flight patterns in 2013 to avoid commercial aircraft headed for the Colorado Springs and Denver airports. Flights at low altitudes during the rest of the day may continue to pose a problem for residents. “All that remains to be seen,” a homeowner neighboring the academy told the Gazette. Flight training for cadets isn’t designed for pilot candidates, but rather is intended to familiarize all cadets with the skills required to fly for the Air Force.

Colorado Should Focus on Encroachment, Local Infrastructure to Fend off BRAC, Report Says

  • May 27, 2015
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While Colorado has numerous assets that can be expected to work in its favor in the event of a new BRAC round, state officials need to act with urgency to promote the state’s value to DOD, according to a report released by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday. “The specter of sequestration beginning in FY16 is a shadow hanging over most internal DOD planning and programming deliberations,” the 82-page report says. “Colorado should be proactively monitoring the Washington political climate on DOD budget reductions, force structure realignments and strategy changes.” One focus of the report is the need to protect the state’s installations and training ranges from encroachment, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. One thorny issue state officials need to address is the 238,000-acre Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, a training site for Fort Carson that the Army has tried in the past to expand over the opposition of local ranchers …

Rise in Land Use Conflicts Worries Randolph AFB Officials

  • May 21, 2015
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Planned development around Randolph Air Force Base, located on San Antonio’s Northeast Side, poses a threat to the training missions conducted at one of the service’s busiest airfields, base officials told Bexar County lawmakers this week. While safety is the Air Force’s overriding concern in trying to minimize land use conflicts with surrounding housing developments, aircraft noise and bird strikes are significant issues as well. Pilot training “is inherently dangerous. Even though we have an extremely safe record, incidents do occur,” said Lt. Col. Robin Baldwin, the encroachment public outreach officer at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph …

Protection for Sage Grouse Could Jeopardize Training Facilities, House Committee Says

  • April 28, 2015
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Language in the House version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill would bar the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from increasing federal protection for the greater sage grouse, over concerns that listing the grassland bird as threatened or endangered would restrict the use of military training grounds and firing ranges in the western United States. A decision by the wildlife service to list the greater sage grouse likely would restrict military access to training grounds and firing ranges, reduce the number of exercises and limit the number of overflights and ground movements, the Army and Air Force has said, reported Stars and Stripes. The grouse’s habitat encompasses parts of 11 western states. Energy development and other activities threaten the black and brown bird by reducing the sagebrush it relies on for cover …

How is DOD Assessing the Risks Posed by Turbines, Panel Asks

  • April 22, 2015
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With the number of wind farm projects with the potential to interfere with military training and testing activities on the rise, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is eager to learn how the Defense Department assesses the risk to military missions posed by wind energy development. Defense officials have reached agreements over mitigation measures in a number of instances in which proposed wind farms were located close to installations, training ranges or low-level training routes, according to report language attached to the subcommittee’s portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill …

N.C. Communities Request State Funding to Support Military Facilities

  • April 12, 2015
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Five defense communities in North Carolina have joined forces to pursue $1 million from Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to support their efforts to combat encroachment, invest in regional infrastructure and form partnerships with neighboring installations. Havelock Mayor Will Lewis spearheaded the collaboration, which includes Jacksonville, home to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River; Goldsboro, home to Seymour Johnson AFB; Fayetteville, home to Fort Bragg/Pope Field; and Elizabeth City, home to the U.S. Coast Guard. “Every municipality that is next to an installation has things that they spend money on to support the citizens on that installation that we don’t really get a tax base from …

Federal Initiative Spearheads Partnership to Preserve Buffer Lands at Ft. Huachuca, Pax River

  • April 9, 2015
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Three federal agencies on Wednesday designated Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River-Atlantic test ranges, Md., as Sentinel Landscapes, a collaborative effort to promote working lands, protect wildlife habitat and ensure military readiness.
The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership — led by the departments of Agriculture, Defense and Interior — aims to preserve the lands most compatible with the military’s need for undeveloped environments to conduct its sensitive testing mission, according to a press release. “Military lands are often home to some of our nation’s best remaining habitat for wildlife, and provide an excellent opportunity to conserve species that are threatened or endangered,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell …

Chesapeake Contemplates Purchases to Protect Military Facilities from Encroachment

  • April 8, 2015
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The city of Chesapeake, Va., plans to purchase 60 acres to protect Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field and Hampton Roads Naval Support Activity, Northwest Annex from encroachment. The city still is negotiating with the owners over the purchase price for the farmland, reports the Virginian-Pilot. Half of the cost would be reimbursed by the Navy and the state. City officials plan to use their Fentress Encroachment Acquisition Program to purchase the property surrounding the auxiliary landing field …

OEA to Support Communities Facing Encroachment from Commercial Energy Development

  • April 5, 2015
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Communities interested in intervening when a commercial energy project could interfere with military activities now can apply for planning assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to limit potential conflicts with installations, ranges, training routes or special use airspace. States, counties, municipalities and other public entities, along with tribal nations, are eligible for community adjustment planning assistance under the program to ensure an energy project does not jeopardize DOD’s test, training and military operations. Examples of conflicts with military activity include low-level flight obstructions caused by wind turbines or solar power towers, electromagnetic interference from high-voltage electrical transmission lines, and glint and glare from photovoltaic arrays and solar power towers near military airfields …

Developer Suspends Maryland Wind Project that Posed Risk to Pax River

  • April 5, 2015
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The developer of a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore said it was placing the project in “indefinite suspension” after it could not overcome concerns by the state’s congressional delegation that the project would interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The Great Bay Wind project, located across the Chesapeake Bay from the air station, had survived a move last year by Maryland lawmakers to delay its construction until MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory could evaluate ways to mitigate the turbines’ impact on the radar system after then- Gov. Martin O’Malley vetoed the bill. In response, however, Sen. Barbara Mikulski — who was chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee — added language to the committee report of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill barring the Navy from reaching a deal with Pioneer Green Energy to turn off the turbines during radar testing at Pax River until MIT completes its study …

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