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Final Environmental Assessment for Temporary Aircraft Relocation to Maxwell Air Force Base 187th Fighter Wing Montgomery Regional Airport Montgomery, Alabama

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PURPOSE The National Guard Bureau NGB is proposing to temporarily relocate the Air National Guard ANG 187th Fighter Wing s 187 FW F-16 aircraft from Montgomery Regional Airport also known as Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama to Maxwell Air Force Base AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. The 187 FW currently flies and maintains 18 Primary Assigned Aircraft PAA and 6 Backup Aircraft Inventory BAI F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft. The arresting gear at Montgomery Regional Airport, where the 187 FW installation is located, requires upgrading, as it is operating under a waiver for insufficient length of tie-down, as regulated by United States Air Force USAF design standards in Unified Facilities Criteria UFC 3-260-1, Airfield and Heliport Safety and Design. Portions of Runway 1028, a 9,010- foot runway, would be closed during the upgrades to the arresting gear at Montgomery Regional Airport resulting in a temporary shortening of the existing runway to approximately 7,000 feet. Subsequently, the 187 FW would not be able to perform routine F-16 operations necessary to maintain current mission requirements as a result of the decrease in runway length. As a result, the 187 FW would temporarily need to conduct their F-16 operations elsewhere during construction of the new arresting gear. The USAF has determined that Maxwell AFB would be best suited for the 187 FW to temporarily relocate due to its close proximity to Montgomery Regional Airport. The purpose of this proposal is to ensure that the 187 FW is able to continue providing federal support to the United States U.S. and continue to support state missions as identified by the Governor of Alabama in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.

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  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Terminal Flight Facilities

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