F-22A environmental assessment complete
By Tom Fuller, 49th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 06, 2006
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.