FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – The Army has prepared a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed growth, realignment, and stationing of new and existing Army aviation assets. The public comment period, which opened on Nov. 5, is now extended until Jan. 7, 2011. The original comment period was to end on Dec. 20, 2010.
The proposed action includes the consolidation and reorganization of existing aviation units, and the potential establishment of one or more Combat Aviation Brigades. The proposed action will increase the availability of helicopter assets to meet current and future national security requirements, and will allow the Army better to organize existing aviation assets to promote more effective training and force management.
The Army invites all interested members of the public, including native communities and federally recognized Native American Tribes, federal, state, and local agencies to submit written comments on environmental issues, concerns and opportunities analyzed in the draft PEIS. The PEIS is available online. Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 7, 2011.
Comments can be sent by e-mail to APGR-USAECNEPA@conus.army.mil, by fax to (410) 436-1693 or mailed to the address below.
Public Affairs Office,
U.S. Army Environmental Command,
1835 Army Boulevard, Bldg 2000/Rm 2001,
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-2686
The draft PEIS evaluates the environmental impacts associated with the proposed action, which also includes the construction and renovation of garrison facilities, as well as additional training needed to support the aviation units. Land acquisition is not being considered as part of this action.