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F-22A environmental assessment complete

The F-22 will be a vital part of Holloman and Alamogordo's future.

The F-22 will be a vital part of Holloman and Alamogordo's future.

Major Charles "Corky" Corcoran, a 27th Fighter Squadron Fighter Pilot, prepares for his F-22A flight. The F-22A Raptor Stealth Fighter Jet made a historic flight from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia being its first generated sortie from Langley and piloted by a Langley based pilot. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. V. Levi Collins)

Major Charles "Corky" Corcoran, a 27th Fighter Squadron Fighter Pilot, prepares for his F-22A flight. The F-22A Raptor Stealth Fighter Jet made a historic flight from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia being its first generated sortie from Langley and piloted by a Langley based pilot. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. V. Levi Collins)

Lt. Col. Dirk Smith and Maj. Kevin Dolata move into the Langley Air Force Base pattern Friday, March 3, 2006 to deliver the first F-22A Raptors assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron.  The 94th is the second squadron at Langley to receive the new stealth fighter. Colonel Smith is the squadron commander. Major Dolata is the squadron's assistant director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Lt. Col. Dirk Smith and Maj. Kevin Dolata move into the Langley Air Force Base pattern Friday, March 3, 2006 to deliver the first F-22A Raptors assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron. The 94th is the second squadron at Langley to receive the new stealth fighter. Colonel Smith is the squadron commander. Major Dolata is the squadron's assistant director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Lt. Col. Dirk Smith and Maj. Kevin Dolata turn on final approach to Langley Air Force Base, Va., Friday, March 3, 2006 to deliver the first F-22A Raptors assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron.  The 94th is the second squadron at Langley to receive the new stealth fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Lt. Col. Dirk Smith and Maj. Kevin Dolata turn on final approach to Langley Air Force Base, Va., Friday, March 3, 2006 to deliver the first F-22A Raptors assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron. The 94th is the second squadron at Langley to receive the new stealth fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Maj. Kevin Dolata lands an F-22A Raptor at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Friday, March 3, 2006.  The new Raptor is the second assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron.  Major Dolata is the squadron's assistant director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Vernon Young)

Maj. Kevin Dolata lands an F-22A Raptor at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Friday, March 3, 2006. The new Raptor is the second assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron. Major Dolata is the squadron's assistant director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Vernon Young)

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-22A hovers in the clouds during Arctic Thunder, Elmendorf's air show and open house, Aug. 13. The Raptor was flown by Maj. Michael "Dozer" Shower, who will become the first commander of the F-22A squadron here in the summer of 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jonathan Steffen)

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-22A hovers in the clouds during Arctic Thunder, Elmendorf's air show and open house, Aug. 13. The Raptor was flown by Maj. Michael "Dozer" Shower, who will become the first commander of the F-22A squadron here in the summer of 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jonathan Steffen)

OVER ALASKA (ACCNS) -- An F-22A Raptor from the 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia is refueled by a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 168th Air Refueling Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, on 9 June during exercise Northern Edge. Northern Edge 2006 is a joint training exercise hosted by Alaskan Command and is one of a series of U.S. Pacific Command exercises that prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Strang)

OVER ALASKA (ACCNS) -- An F-22A Raptor from the 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia is refueled by a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 168th Air Refueling Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, on 9 June during exercise Northern Edge. Northern Edge 2006 is a joint training exercise hosted by Alaskan Command and is one of a series of U.S. Pacific Command exercises that prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Strang)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- Crew chief Staff Sgt. Adam Murtishaw does a post flight inspection on an F-22A Raptor after a Dec. 14 mission. The 27th Fighter Squadron earned initial operating capability today, which means the stealth jet is combat ready. Sergeant Murtishaw is with the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- Crew chief Staff Sgt. Adam Murtishaw does a post flight inspection on an F-22A Raptor after a Dec. 14 mission. The 27th Fighter Squadron earned initial operating capability today, which means the stealth jet is combat ready. Sergeant Murtishaw is with the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The United States Air Force has completed an Environmental Assessment that found no significant environmental impact of a proposal to beddown two squadrons of F-22A Raptors at Holloman.

The proposal is part of a plan to transform the combat capability of the 49th Fighter Wing and maximize the use of available infrastructure at Holloman. That transformation includes retiring the F-117A Nighthawk and supporting T-38A aircraft currently stationed here.

With the decision, the Air Force is cleared to go ahead with infrastructure improvements and other plans required by the transition from the F-117A to the F-22A.

The Environmental Assessment, done in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and President's Council on Environmental Quality, followed the Air Force's identification of Holloman as the preferred location for the third operational wing of the Air Force's F-22A.

A team from Air Combat Command and Holloman held three public meetings in April to hear the public's concerns for the transformation and Air Combat Command planners received mailed comments from the public.