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Environmental Assessment: Recapitalization of the 49th WG Combat Capabilities and Capacities, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico

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The Proposed Action would relocate two F-16 training squadrons with 50 Primary Aircraft Inventory PAI and six Backup Aircraft Inventory BAI aircraft to Holloman AFB in two phases. The F-16 training mission would renovate vacant or underused facilities. New construction for the F-16 mission would disturb about 12 acres in previously developed areas. Construction projects include 19 proposed Operations and Maintenance OM projects and nine Military Construction MILCON projects. Personnel changes as Holloman AFB transitions from the F-22 to the F-16 training mission would result in a net increase of 142 personnel and 312 dependents. Annual airfield operations would increase to 101,966 operations from 91,366 operations. The F-16 training mission would use existing training airspace currently used by the F-22 mission, including the restricted airspace and air-to-ground bombing ranges on White Sands Missile Range and McGregor Range of Fort Bliss. The Roswell International Air Center RIAC has been proposed as an auxiliary airfield to accommodate about 8,960 annual airfield operations from the P-16 training mission. This Environmental Assessment EA provides an analysis of the potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative. Thirteen resource areas near Holloman AFB and ten under the training airspace received a thorough evaluation to identify potential environmental consequences. As indicated in the Environmental Assessment for the Recapitalization of the 49th FW Combat Capabilities and Capacities for Holloman Air Force Base AFB, New Mexico which is hereby incorporated by reference, neither the Proposed Action nor the No Action Alternative would result in significant environmental impacts on any resource area. The following conclusion provides details of expected impacts if the Proposed Action is implemented.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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