Fresno Air National Guard, Calif. —
The federal mission of the Air National Guard is to maintain well-trained and well-equipped units available for rapid mobilization during combat and to provide assistance during national emergencies, such as natural disasters or civil unrest. In peacetime, Air National Guard units perform missions consistent with training, mobilization readiness, and humanitarian and contingency operations.
The purpose of the proposed action is to effectively and efficiently maintain the Department of the Air Force’s combat capability, mission readiness, and homeland defense. Siting and operating the F-15EX and F-35A in Air National Guard locations would represent a major step towards this goal.
The National Guard Bureau is proposing to field a squadron of F-15EX aircraft at two of three alternate locations and a squadron of F-35A aircraft at one of four alternate locations. These beds would replace the F-15C/D aircraft at the alternate locations where they are currently based. These existing aircraft would be removed from inventory due to their age and resulting maintenance costs.
The proposed action also includes the personnel necessary to operate and maintain the F-15EX and F-35A, as well as the construction of new facilities and/or the modification of existing facilities on the facilities supporting the beds. Additional details are as follows:
• About 100 additional people would be needed for the installation of the F-15EX and about 80 people would be needed for the installation of the F-35A.
• The necessary construction projects would be implemented to successfully implement the aircraft in the selected facilities.
• There would be no required changes to the special use airspace used for training.
Alternate locations for Air National Guard F-15EX and F-35A beds include:
• Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield Barnes Regional AirportWestfield, MA
• Fresno Air National Guard Base in Fresno–Yosemite International AirportFresno, California
• Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Lemoore, California
• NAS Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Each of these locations is a candidate for either the F-15EX or the F-35A, with the exception of NAS Lemoore, which is a candidate for the F-35A only. Additionally, if the landing of either of these aircraft at one or more of these locations does not occur, it is possible that one of these locations may continue to operate with its old pattern of existing F-15C/D aircraft for a limited time, in which case the construction associated with the future operation of these legacy aircraft is also being analyzed.
In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, the no-action alternative is also being analyzed. Under the no-action alternative, none of the alternate locations would receive the F-15EX or F-35A aircraft, and no construction associated with a continuing mission would take place.
A public scoping period for the public to submit comments regarding the proposed actions is July 19 through September 2, 2022. Additional information on the EIS process and associated actions can be found at: http://www.angf15ex-f35a- is. com/