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Air Force to extend public hearing period on proposed F-16 transfer

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii – The U.S. Air Force is extending the time period for public comment from Aug. 2 to Aug. 30, 2013, on a draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed F-16 transfer, in order to provide more Alaskans with the opportunity to participate in the environmental study.

The Air Force has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement, which is available for public review and comment, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.  The draft Environmental Impact Statement analyzes the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed relocation of the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  No decision will be made on the proposed move until the completion of the environmental study.

The Air Force recently held a series of public hearings in the Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, communities to invite public comment on the preliminary findings of the environmental study of the potential impacts of the proposed aircraft squadron transfer.  To enable greater public involvement in the environmental study, the Air Force has extended the timeline for input to Aug. 30.

The Air Force is proposing the move to meet both Air Force cost-saving and force-sizing requirements while maintaining current operational capabilities.  These benefits are in line with an increased focus on the Asia-Pacific region by Department of Defense and emphasis on readiness.

To assist the Air Force in making an informed, final decision, interested members of the public are encouraged to submit comments electronically at www.alaskaf-16eis.com or by providing written comments to the contact information below.  For further information, please contact:

Mr. Allen Richmond, AFCEC/CZN

2261 Hughes Ave, Ste. 155

JBSA-Lackland AFB, TX  78236-9853

Telephone:  (210) 395-8633

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