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AFSOC Urban Operations Training & Capabilities Final Environmental Assessment

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The purpose for the action is to provide special operations forces and the joint military forces community a realistic, instrumented, urban live-fire range environment on Eglin Air Force Base AFB for experimentation, test, training, and evaluation of advanced operationaltraining technologies. This proposed urban live-fire environment is referred to in this environmental assessment EA as Interoperable Urban Joint Close Air Support or IU-JCAS. The construction of this area is the major feature of Phase I of Air Force Special Operations Command AFSOC Urban Training and Capabilities. Other phases would be evaluated once funding is available and sufficient details exist for analysis. United States U.S. Special Operations Command through AFSOC needs to train aircrew and special tactics teams how to locate, identify, and direct fire upon enemy combatants in an urban setting. This will prepare fighters for the current wartime environment and for future actions in the global war on terrorism. Current combat operations require AFSOC and U.S. Army Special Operations Command USASOC rotary-wing and fixed-wing gunships to fire in an urban environment. Aircrews prepare for this type of combat either by conducting dry fire on real urban areas or in simulation with no feedback or by conducting live fire in an open environment on individual targets with feedback. There is presently no training site on Eglin AFB that allows live fire of the needed weapons calibers in an urban environment, specifically live fire directed between buildings that provides feedback through instrumentation. Thus, the situation is such that the first time any AFSOC or USASOC crewmember conducts live fire in an urban environment is in combat. The action is needed to bring together the elements of ground units calling for live fire, gunship live fire response, and realistic urban targets.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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