Environmental Assessment for the Installation of the Taylor Mountain Long-Range Radar System Taylor Mountain, Alaska
AIR FORCE CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON (354TH) EIELSON AFB AK
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Introduction. The 354 FW directs operations, training, and support for F-16CG and AOA-10 precision weapons systems. They also oversee operations and training for Air Liaison Officer ALO and Tactical Air Control Party TAC-P combat teams that support ground operations through the lethal application of airpower. The 354 FW provides expeditionary combat ready forces for worldwide employment across the full spectrum of air and space operations. The complex combat scenario training requirements and advanced capabilities of the aircraft require large expanses of airspace to train. The Military Operating Areas MOAs in Alaska these aircraft use cover large areas and are jointly used by civilian and commercial aircraft as well as the military. It is imperative that adequate radar and radio coverage for these areas exist to ensure aircraft safety. Currently, areas within this airspace do not have adequate coverage. Proposed Action. The proposed action would result in the construction of a new TPS-77 system on the summit of Taylor Mountain near Chicken, Alaska. This facility would include a diesel generator and three 10,000-gallon fuel tanks. In addition a 7.9-mile road would be built to provide access to the site for initial construction as well as hauling fuel and servicing the facility once it is operable. The project will result in impacts to 3.57 acres of black spruce scrubshrub wetlands.
- Civil Engineering
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment