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Environmental Assessment C-17 and KC-135 Recurring Training at Lawton, Oklahoma

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The purpose of the proposed action is to implement recurring C-17 and K-135 training at the LawtonFort Sill Regional Airport and the Henry Post AAF. Currently, the pattern congestion around Altus AFB is impacting the effectiveness of the training program at the base. This congestion will continue to increase as additional C-17 aircraft are added to the current inventory. Under the proposed action, C-17 students would accomplish one to three daylight missions per week. Each mission would consist of several maneuvers. The C-17 maneuvers at LawtonFort Sill Regional Airport would include four published instrument approaches and four Visual Flight Rules VFR patterns for a total of eight touch-and-go operations at minimum continuous power. The maneuvers at Henry Post AAF would include six go-around operations using maximum power and four full-stop operations using maximum reverse trust for a total of ten VFR approaches. Additionally, one mission per month at Fort Sill would incorporate cargo load ground training. There would be no construction or demolition activities associated with the proposed action. No viable alternatives to the proposed action, other than the no-action alternative, were identified or evaluated as part of this analysis. Under the no-action alternative there would be no change in the current flight operations at either the LawtonFort Sill Regional Airport or the Henry Post AAF. As a result there would be no change to the physical environments associated with either airfield. The subsequent Environmental Assessment for this effort will evaluate the potential environmental impacts that would be associated with the proposed action and no-action alternative. Resources that will be considered in the analysis are noise, air quality biological resources, and socioeconomicsenvironmental justice. The Draft Environmental Assessment will be made available to the public for review and comment.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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