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Range Roads: Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment

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The Eglin Military Complex is a Department of Defense DoD Major Range Test Facility Base MRTFB that exists to support the DoD mission Figure 1-1. Its primary function is to support research, development, tests, and evaluation of conventional weapons and electronic systems. Its secondary function is to support training of operational units. The range is composed of four components 1 Test AreasSites Figure 1-2 2 Interstitial Areas areas beyond and between the test areas 3 The Eglin Gulf Test Range 4 Airspace over land and water The Air Force Air Armament Center AAC has responsibility for the Eglin Military Complex and for all its users, which include DoD, other government agencies, foreign countries, and private companies. For all operations associated with the Eglin Range, AAC provides environmental analyses and necessary National Environmental Policy Act NEPA documentation to ensure compliance with Air Force policy and applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. AAC at Eglin includes two wings and four directorates that collectively operate, manage, and support all activities on the Eglin Military Complex. AAC accomplishes its range operations through the 46th Test Wing 46TW with support from the 96th Air Base Wing 96ABW. The 46TW Commander is responsible for day-to-day scheduling, executing, and maintaining of this national asset. The continued DoD utilization of the Eglin Military Complex requires flexible and unencumbered access to land ranges and airspace, which support all of Eglin s operations. Eglin controls airspace overlying 127,868 square miles mi2, of which 2.5 percent 3,226 mi2 is over land and 97.5 percent 124,642 mi2 is over water as shown in Figure 1-1.

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

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