Accession Number : ADA640874
Title : Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Airspace Training Initiative Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : 20TH FIGHTER WING SHAW AFB SC
Personal Author(s) : DeVine, Linda ; Austin, Jay ; Baxter, Rachel ; Corn, Tyrone ; Dischner, David M ; Fikel, Michele A ; Freemuth, Sheri ; Gross, Lorraine S ; Johnson, Irene ; Laughlin, Claudia
Report Date : 09 Dec 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 354
Abstract : Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Airspace Training Initiative Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. This document records the decision,en of the United States Air Force (Air Force) with regard to the Airspace Training Initiative (ATI). In making this decision, the information, analyses, and public comments contained in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Airspace Training Initiative (ATI), Shaw Air Force Base (APB), South Carolina were considered, along With other relevant matters. The Air Force is the Lead Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration is the Cooperating Agency. The 20th Fighter Wing (20 FW) at Shaw AFB, SC, manages training airspace to support existing F-16 aircraft training missions of the 55th, 77th; and 79th Fighter Squadrons at Shaw AFB, and the 157th Fighter Squadron assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing (169 FW) at McEntire Joint National Guard Base (formerly McEntire Air National Guard Station), SC. A Final EIS was prepared (Federal Register, Vol. 75, No 122, Page 36386, June 25,2010) to evaluate the ATI proposal to modify existing Special Use Airspace to provide effective and realistic military training air space that is sized, configured, and able to support the training needs for the F-16 pilots assigned to Shaw AFB and McEntire JNGB. The proposed action will enhance training opportunities, thus increasing combat capability and survivability of Shaw AFB and McEntire JNGB F-16 pilots. These bases comprise 70 percent of the Air Force's Continental United States (CONUS)-based Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) and Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses (DEAD) assets. 20 FW and 169 FW pilots are routinely deployed worldwide in support of overseas contingency operations where they are exposed to enemy threats in combat. The constant evolution of technology and sophistication of air defenses available to potential enemies demand that pilots be trained to instantly respond to these increasing threats.
Descriptors : *AIR FORCE FACILITIES , *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS , *MILITARY TRAINING , AERONAUTICS , AIR DEFENSE , AIR FORCE , AIR SPACE , COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS , EMERGENCIES , ENEMY , ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS , NATIONAL GUARD , PILOTS , SURVIVABILITY , THREATS , UNITED STATES , WARFARE
Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE