Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Record of Decision Signed
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA - Alaskan Command, on behalf of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, announces the signing of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Modernization and Enhancement of Ranges, Airspace, and Training Areas in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC).
The ROD was approved and signed by the Commander, US Army Alaska, July 30, and jointly-signed by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health and the Commander, Eleventh Air Force, Aug. 6. Following the Army and Air Force's approval, a Notice of Availability was submitted, and was published in the Federal Register today. The Record of Decision: . States the decisions by the Army and Air Force; . Identifies and discusses the relevant factors considered in reaching the decisions, including technical considerations, public review, and Tribal and agency input; . Identifies the definitive proposals and alternatives considered in reaching a decision and specifies the alternative considered to be environmentally preferable for each definitive proposal; and . Identifies the mitigations adopted for each definitive proposal and states whether all reasonable and practicable means to avoid, minimize, or mitigate significant adverse impacts from the alternatives selected have been adopted.
"The proposed actions and mitigations were modified based on invaluable inputs submitted by the public during the course of this process," said Lt. Col. Michael Cabral, Alaskan Command joint exercise division. "For example, changes to some of the selected airspace alternatives and the decision to include a Visual Flight Rules corridor along the Richardson Highway were all based on inputs from Alaska's state agencies, aviation interest groups, and the public."
Although the signing of the ROD is a significant step in the process, Colonel Cabral emphasized this is one step in a continuing process.
"There will be no immediate changes to the use of the ranges, airspace, and training areas at this time," he said. "The next step is to determine the means of technical implementation necessary to bring these selected actions into usable, functional capability for our Airmen and Soldiers." The JPARC was originally developed to support older, and in some cases, now obsolete weapons and tactics. Its current configuration cannot fully meet the training requirement for military forces and exercises conducted in Alaska.
The JPARC requires a more contemporary and versatile design and improved infrastructure to meet the present and future needs of the military. The JPARC modernization and enhancements will enable realistic joint training and testing to support emerging technologies, respond to recent battlefield experiences, and train with new weapons systems and tactics to meet combat and national security needs. The Record of Decision is available on the following Web sites:
-and and http://www.jber.af.mil/jparc.asp.