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Air Force Materiel Command Readiness Training Center Final Environmental Assessment

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Final rept.

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This Environmental Assessment EA has been prepared to evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with the establishment and beddown of an Air Force Materiel Command AFMC Readiness Training Center RTC squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, with temporary facilities at Base Tango BT and Landing Zone LZ East, and permanent facilities at an area south of Test Area D-51. An AFMC RTC would enable force protection and ground combat training to be conducted at Eglin Air Force Base AFB Figure 1-1. This action is needed for the following reasons 1. Recent world events require the consolidation of readiness training capabilities to ensure that employabledeployable personnel are certified in Basic Combat Skills andor other performance capabilities in support of Expeditionary Combat Support roles. The Air Force AF requires that Security Forces SF personnel be trained at a facility with natural densely vegetated environments to simulate possible field combat conditions. 2. The AFMC does not currently have a facility for training SF and other unit tasking codes UTC in Expeditionary Combat Support including ground combat skills, force protection, and security. Presently, the AFMC depends on Air Combat Command ACC and Air Mobility Command AMC to provide these types of training. 3. An AFMC RTC would ensure equity in the long-term availability and quality of SF UTC training facilities and manpower during a time of downsizing. Utilization of existing support facilities could drive full utilization with little start up cost. 4. Bringing together existing skilled instructors with state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and curricula would maximize training success and efficiency. Instructors and training support personnel would come from augmented SF flight unit type codes stationed at AFMC bases. 5. An AFMCRTC could provide Air Force Security Commands and other agencies with combat training support capabilities i.e., additional source of funds.

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  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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