When it comes to protecting military airfields from encroachment, community involvement is key, Navy Capt. Erik Spitzer, commander of Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, said last week at a workshop hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Joint Base San Antonio. “If you don’t have a team dedicated to community outreach, you’re already behind,” he said. “They need to be attending community meetings and functions, because these meetings are where future developments are discussed and by simply being there, future encroachment problems can be averted.”
The workshop provided a forum for air installations compatible use zones representatives from across DOD to discuss ways to sustain the operational capabilities of installations, reports Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs.
Air Force photo by Malcolm McClendon