This website is provided by the Air Force for the purposes of providing information and assisting in the evaluation of
potential environmental impacts resulting from a proposal to relocate the 18th Aggressor Squadron,
supporting units, and personnel who provide maintenance on the F-16s, from Eielson Air Force Base (EAFB) to Joint Base
Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Alaska.
The website is supporting the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relocation proposal.
The public will be able to use this website to submit comments through August 30, 2013 and download documents about the EIS throughout
the environmental impact analysis process.
Public input is vital in supporting the Air Force in making informed decisions. This
EIS is being developed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is our national mandate for
making informed decisions while considering environmental impacts. When Federal agencies propose projects having the
potential to significantly impact the environment, NEPA requires the following process be undertaken in the form of
an EIS as part of the planning process before final decisions are made: (1) evaluation and consideration of potential
environmental consequences for proposals that may significantly impact the environment and (2) consideration of
public and government agency comments. The Draft EIS:
- Identifies the action being proposed by the government (the Proposed Action) and reasonable alternatives to that proposal
- Identifies and describes the affected environment
- Evaluates the potential environmental consequences from the range of reasonable alternatives
- Identifies environmental permits and specific mitigation measures to avoid, minimize, or reduce environmental impacts if required
The Air Force’s Proposed Action would relocate the 18th Aggressor Squadron from EAFB to JBER and decrease EAFB personnel to reflect the reduced base operating support requirements.
The purpose of the Proposed Action is to:
- Achieve Operational Efficiencies in the PACAF Pacific Region
- Meet Air Force Cost-Saving and Force-Sizing Requirements
- Maintain Current PACAF Operational Capabilities Within Alaska
Under the direction of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, a Major Command of the United States Air Force is the proponent of this proposal.
The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is managing the EIS process with Science Applications International
Corporation as the contractor performing the work. The EIS will be prepared pursuant to
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508.
Pursuant to the CEQ regulations the Air Force will invite public participation in the NEPA process.
This website will provide information on the EIS process, including throughout the Draft and
Final EIS. Once the Draft EIS is available, the public will be able to download the document from this website.
During Draft EIS distribution, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the findings in the Draft EIS through August 30, 2013, and
this website will be available to accept comments. As a convenience for those
sending comments by mail, a comment
form is available for download.
The Air Force will then review and consider all comments on the Draft EIS. Written comments and verbal testimony from
the public hearings becomes part of the public record for decision makers to consider, along with other factors, prior
to making any decision regarding the proposed action. Substantive comments will be responded to in appendices to the
The public is given an opportunity to review the Final EIS. A notice of Final EIS availability will be published in the
Federal Register marking the beginning of a 30-day wait period. During that time, the public may review and submit additional
comments for the Air Force's consideration. The Air Force will make no decision until the completion of the EIS process.
When complete, the Air Force will distribute the Final EIS to interested parties. The Final EIS then undergoes a 30-day
waiting/review period before the proposed action or alternatives can proceed. After the 30-day wait period, the Air Force
will make a decision either to re-address aspects of the EIS or to sign the Record of Decision. The Record of Decision
explains the project decision as completely as possible, based on information contained in the Final EIS, including the
specific mitigations for the proposed action.
Public participation is an integral part of the NEPA process and we appreciate your involvement.