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Final Environmental Assessment: C-17 Program Changes Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma

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The proposed action includes the beddown of up to eight additional C-17 aircraft at Altus Air Force Base AFB, Oklahoma. In addition, by the end of Fiscal Year 2007, all C-5 aircraft, associated manpower, support, and equipment would be transferred from Altus. Existing C-5 facilities would be converted to C-17 use and new C-17 facilities would be constructed. Furthermore, KC-135 transition training would be accomplished at other airfields. Altus AFB C-17 aircrews would accomplish low-level navigation training on 14 existing Military Training Routes that are scheduled and coordinated by Air Force Navy, and Air National Guard units at other Air Force bases and military installations in Oklahoma and Texas. C-17 aircraft would use the same transition airfields that are currently used by Altus AFB. However, the transition airfields would be used at a higher rate than the current C-17 utilization. To accommodate the increased utilization rate of the ALZ due to the additional C-17s, the KC-135 transition training would be decreased at Altus AFB with a corresponding increase at other transition locations proposed action. As an alternative, Altus AFB could construct an Assault Landing Zone ALZ at one of four candidate locations. C-17 aircraft would use the same transition fields that are currently used by Altus AFB. However, transition fields would be used at a higher rate than current C-17 use. Conversely, the Air Force could elect to take no action no-action alternative. The following biophysical resources were identified for study at Altus AFB, Sooner Drop Zone, Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark, Amarillo International Airport IAP, and Lubbock IAP noise, air quality, earth resources, water resources, hazardous materials biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomics, and infrastructureutilities, as applicable.

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

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