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Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact: Deployment of Up to Four F-16C Aircraft to the 133rd Airlift Wing for Air Sovereignty Alert Operations

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The 148 FW may be ordered by higher headquarters to deploy up to four F-16C aircraft to the 133 AW at MSPIA Air Reserve Station, Minnesota for Air Sovereignty Alert Operations. These deployment orders are not optional for either the 148 FW or 133 AW. The action is needed to fulfill the Air Sovereignty Alert duty and to contribute to the mission of homeland defense. The mission of homeland defense often dictates that air defense assets be repositioned as close as possible to critical assets and potential terrorist targets. When directed by higher headquarters, the aircraft would operate from the proposed alert hangar current Air National Guard Museum building 670 of the 133 AW, and would use existing runways at the MSPIA. The aircraft may fly routine training missions from the same location. The duration of deployments may be from several days to several months, depending on the deployment orders received. The aircraft pilots would provide 24-hour, seven-day week alert support as directed, and launch in response to higher headquarters directions. Support personnel for the temporary operation would stay in housing at the MSPIA Air Reserve Station. The proposed alert hangar has space to contain four aircraft and would only require minor interior renovations to the structure. No new infrastructure would be constructed, and the existing roadways and utility lines in the area of the proposed alert hangar would remain unchanged. The following environmental resources were identified for study in this EA noise, land use, air quality, safety, socioeconomic resources, cultural resources, hazardous materials and waste geological resources, water resources, and biological resources. The Proposed Action would have no disproportionately high and adverse impacts on minority or low-income populations and no adverse impacts on socioeconomics, cultural resources, and geological resources.

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

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