Meet­ing on Hol­lo­man Flights

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re­gard­ing the Hol­lo­man Air Force Base Spe­cial Use Airspace Op­ti­miza­tion Pro­ject.

This is not a pub­lic scop­ing meet­ing nor is it a pub­lic in­put meet­ing. How­ever, the pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend and pro­vide writ­ten com­ments. Writ­ten com­ments should be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally on the of­fi­cial USAF com­ment sheet.

Writ­ten com­ments and ques­tions can be given to Mr. Shafer at the meet­ing. The of­fi­cial com­ment sheet is avail­able on­line, at the Grant County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing and will be avail­able at the meet­ing.

Please in­clude in your writ­ten com­ments a re­quest for the Air Force to hold a pub­lic in­put/scop­ing meet­ing in Sil­ver City when the draft EIS is ready for pub­lic review and com­ment, which should be 6-12 months from now.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit grant­coun­, hol­lo­manaf­, or gi­la­con­ser­va­

A pub­lic meet­ing on Hol­lo­man flights over the Gila is set for Novem­ber 14 at 6 PM at the Grant County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing.

Hol­lo­man Air Force Base is re­quest­ing spe­cial use airspace for train­ing F-16 pi­lots. One of the al­ter­na­tives be­ing con­sid­ered is to ex­pand its ex­ist­ing airspace into south­west­ern NM, in­clud­ing the Gila Na­tional For­est and Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilder­ness.

The Air Force did not hold a pub­lic meet­ing in Sil­ver City or no­tify lo­cal elected of­fi­cials, the pub­lic, or con­ser­va­tion groups of its pro­posal, de­spite the po­ten­tial for neg­a­tive im­pacts.

In re­sponse to a strong pub­lic out­cry, ef­forts of the con­ser­va­tion com­mu­nity, and lead­er­ship from our lo­cal Grant County Com­mis­sion­ers, the Air Force will at­tend this pub­lic meet­ing hosted by the Grant County Com­mis­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to Grant County Com­mis­sioner Alicia Ed­wards who has taken the lead on this is­sue, Alan Shafer, USAF HQ/A30T, will present in­for­ma­tion to the Grant County Com­mis­sion

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