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Environmental Assessment: Hurricane Katrina Recovery and Installation Development at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi

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The 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base AFB, Mississippi, proposes to implement Hurricane Katrina Recovery projects, other installation development projects based on the current Capital Improvements Program CIP, and the requirements of the Base Realignment and Closure BRAC program as it relates to Keesler AFB. As part of the proposed action, the United States Air Force would demolish various buildings damaged by Hurricane Katrina and facilities that have exceeded their useful life implement construction of CIP projects to support installation development, and complete a community hospital addition BRAC-related. The components of the current CIP include new building construction and alteration, replacement of old buildings, and demolition of some existing facilities. The proposed action is necessary at this time because there is a lack of available adequate facilities on Keesler AFB. Facilities that require replacement either were damaged by Hurricane Katrina, have deteriorated from heavy use, or are outdated. The proposed action would provide the necessary facilities to accomplish the mission of the 81st Training Wing. One action alternative is presented, which establishes and evaluates a potential development capability of Keesler AFB. This alternative includes developing Keesler AFB facilities to the maximum capability of the installation, increasing the number of assigned personnel to the bases potential capability, and conducting flying operations at maximum sustainable levels. Resources considered in the impact analysis were noise aircraft operations and airspace, land use, earth resources, water resources, hazardous materials and waste, biological resources, utilities and infrastructure, socioeconomics, air quality, and cultural resources.

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  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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