• Neighbors File Suit to Stop Extra Flights at Davis-Monthan AFB

    Neighbors File Suit to Stop Extra Flights at Davis-Monthan AFB0

    Three residents of neighborhoods near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., filed a lawsuit Friday against the Air Force to stop it from increasing the number of flight operations associated with the installation’s training of visiting military units, including foreign military partners. The plaintiffs asked the U.S. District Court of Arizona to issue an injunction to stop the installation from carrying out an updated plan issued last May for training visiting units, reported the Arizona Daily Star. They say the Air Force failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act because officials did not adequately notify affected communities. The Air Force also did not prepare an environmental impact statement, according to the complaint …

  • Air Force Picks Seymour Johnson AFB as Preferred Site for Reserve-led KC-46A Unit0

    The Air Force selected Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., as its preferred alternative for the first Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus main operating base, officials said Thursday. The service named Tinker AFB, Okla., Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., and Grissom ARB, Ind., as its reasonable alternatives. The next generation air refueling tankers are expected to begin arriving in 2019. “Seymour Johnson was selected based on operational analysis, results of site surveys, cost and military judgment factors,” said Jennifer Miller, deputy assistant secretary for installations …

  • Preparation for Guam Buildup to Move ahead following Record of Decision0

    Officials from the Navy and Guam are pointing to last week’s release of the record of decision for the realignment of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa as a key milestone for the territory as well as for the U.S. rebalance to the Asia Pacific. “It is a historic event for Guam; and for our armed forces,” said Gov. Eddie Calvo. Most significantly, the record of decision accepts the Navy’s scaled-down plan for accommodating the move within the military’s existing footprint on Guam. Prior to a 2012 agreement between U.S. and Japanese officials, 8,600 Marines and 9,000 dependents were slated to relocate to Guam, which would have required the Navy to acquire 1,688 acres of land from either the local government or private landowners …

  • Revised Relocation of Marines Would Lessen Impact to Guam, Review Concludes0

    The Navy last week released its environmental review for a revised realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam agreed to in 2012, signaling the likely resumption of the Navy’s effort to ready Guam to accommodate the arrival of about 5,000 Marines. As a result of the scaled-down move, the cantonment area, housing and live fire training range needed to accommodate the relocation will be confined to the military’s existing footprint on Guam, according to the final supplemental environmental impact statement. The Navy’s original plan called for the acquisition of 1,688 acres of land from either the local government or private landowners, reported the Pacific Daily News. “This is a very important step forward in the relocation effort, and the Department of Defense has worked diligently to address the core concerns that were raised by our community,” said Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo …

  • Air Force Names Four Candidates to Host New Tanker Reserve Unit0

    The Air Force is considering four locations to host the first Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus unit — Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.; Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.; and Grissom ARB, Ind. Officials on Tuesday said the service’s next generation aerial tanker KC-46As will begin arriving at the first Air Force Reserve-led global mobility wing in fiscal 2019. Air Mobility Command and Air Force Reserve Command now will conduct site surveys of each candidate. Officials will grade each location against operational requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure and manpower …

  • Navy Issues Impact Statement for Training Facilities on Marianas0

    The Navy on Monday released a draft environmental impact statement for the construction of live-fire ranges, training courses and maneuver areas in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) needed to support the realignment of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam. “Establishing unit and combined level [range training areas] in the CNMI would support ongoing operational requirements, changes to U.S. force structure, geographic repositioning of forces and U.S. training relationships with allied nations,” according to the April 6 Federal Register notice. The Navy’s preferred alternatives for the training facilities are on the islands of Tinian and Pagan …