Environmental Assessment: West Coast Basing of C-17 Aircraft
PARSONS ENGINEERING SCIENCE INC AUSTIN TX
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Headquarters, Air Mobility Command AMC has a need to base 12 C-17 aircraft at an active duty west coast Air Force base as part of the airlift Mobility Transformation Plan to improve overall airlift capability. Under the Proposed Action, 12 C-17 aircraft and associated aircrews and aircraft maintenance personnel would be assigned to Travis AFB, California. The action would also include relocating 16 of Travis AFBs C-5 aircraft to an air reserve component installation. The number of assigned KC-10 aircraft would remain at 27 aircraft with the assigned C-17s, C-5s, and KC-10s totaling 60 aircraft. The C-17 aircrews would fly worldwide airlift missions as well as training sorties that include air refueling, low-level navigation training on 19 military training routes MTRs. Sixteen facility projects would be accomplished at Travis AFB as part of the Proposed Action. Under the Alternative Action, an additional 12 C-17 aircraft and associated aircrews and aircraft maintenance personnel would be assigned to McChord AFB, Washington, increasing the total number of C-17s to 60 aircraft. The additional C-17 aircrews would fly worldwide airlift missions as well as training sorties that include air refueling, low-level navigation training on nine MTRs, and assault landings at the Grant County International Airport, Moses Lake, Washington. Sixteen facility projects would be accomplished at McChord AFB as part of the Alternative Action. Under the No Action Alternative, no additional C-17 aircraft other than the 48 aircraft planned for McChord AFB would be based at an AMC west coast military installation. Resources considered in the impact analysis were air quality noise hazardous wastes hazardous materials and stored fuels water resources biological resources socioeconomic resources cultural resources land use infrastructure and utilities airspace and airfield operations environmental management and environmental justice.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Environmental Health and Safety