Neighbors File Suit to Stop Extra Flights at DavisMonthan AFB


first_imgThree residents of neighborhoods near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., filed a lawsuit Friday against the Air Force to stop it from increasing the number of flight operations associated with the installation’s training of visiting military units, including foreign military partners.The plaintiffs asked the U.S. District Court of Arizona to issue an injunction to stop the installation from carrying out an updated plan issued last May for training visiting units, reported the Arizona Daily Star. They say the Air Force failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act because officials did not adequately notify affected communities. The Air Force also did not prepare an environmental impact statement, according to the complaint.The plaintiffs allege the increase in flight operations has hurt their homes’ value; they also claim the aircraft noise caused emotional and physical injuries.Capt. Casey Osborne, spokesman for the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan, said he could not comment on the specifics of pending litigation but defended the environmental assessment.“Davis-Monthan Air Force Base fully complied with all applicable laws when conducting its Total Force Training environmental assessment,” he told the paper.“The environmental assessment places a cap on the total number of annual Total Force Training flights. It should be noted that even if we reach that cap, all Total Force Training flights combined would represent less than 6 percent of the total annual D-M airfield operations numbers,” Osborne said.Last May Air Combat Command issued a final environmental assessment on the proposed expansion of its program training visiting units at Davis-Monthan and determined that increasing the number of sorties by 65 percent would not pose any significant environmental issues. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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