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Environmental Assessment for the Construction of Power and Fiber Optic Transmission Lines for Facilities in the Yukon Training Area, Alaska

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The 354th Fighter Wing FW operates, maintains, and trains combat forces in close air support and interdiction missions in support of the war plans in three operational theaters. The 354 FW s mission is to train and equip personnel for close air support of ground troops in an arctic environment. The range combat training facilities operated by Eielson Air Force Base AFB are some of the finest in the world. Each year the 353rd Combat Training Squadron, based at Eielson AFB, conducts four joint training exercises with Elmendorf Air Force Base, as well as other US Air Force USAF units and units from allied countries. The Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation ACMI system was installed on US Army range lands that comprise Eielson AFB s range facilities. The continued efficient and reliable operation of this range facility and training program is of vital importance to Eielson AFB s mission. The proposed action will result in the construction of approximately 27 miles of electrical transmission and fiber optic communication lines from the Eielson AFB power plant to various locations within Fort Wainwright s Yukon Training Area YTA, Alaska. The fiber optic cable would be collocated on the power line poles, with the point of origin at the Cope Thunder range operations facility on Flightline Avenue. This power and communications system will significantly enhance the operational efficiency and reliability of the range, as well as cut operational costs by replacing expensive constant run diesel generators.

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  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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