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Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing Operation Snowbird, is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the base host unit. In the summer of 2010, the Air Force determined that an Environmental Assessment was needed due to an expansion of OSB operations in the plan which governs the OSB mission. The EA will look at OSB operations' effects on noise, public safety, air quality, cultural resources, biological resources, hazardous matter and waste management, socio-economics, environmental justice and air space. The contract for the EA was awarded to Gulf South Research Corporation.

The 355th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command, Air National Guard, and the Air Force strive to be good neighbors to the communities in which their Airmen live, work and raise families. We will continue to be as open and transparent with the public within legal guidelines, military regulations and chains of command. This website and the 355th FW Public Affairs office is the main point of contact.

tabDraft OSB EA 
To view the Draft OSB FONSI and EA click here.

To view the Draft OSB FONSI en EspaƱol click here. (NOTE: The English version of the FONSI remains the official document of record)

To view the Draft 2007 Data Collection Site Visit Report click here.

Comments must be submitted through the 355th FW Public Affairs office. All comments will be considered for final OSB EA. 

tabPublic Scoping Meeting 
The Air Force conducted 3 separate public scoping meetings to explain the proposal to expand the operations of the Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing and solicit public comments on the resource areas that may be affected by the proposed action. The first meeting was held on 27 September, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m at Sheraton Four Points, 1900 East Speedway, Tucson, AZ. The second meeting was held on 28 September, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m at Empire High School, 10701 East Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ. The third meeting was held on 19 October, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Randolph North Golf Course Copper Room at 600 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ.

All comments received during the scoping period were considered while conducting the Environmental Analysis, and Appendix A of the Draft EA report contains the public notice and materials made available to participants at the meeting.
tabFinal OSB EA report 
Comments submitted during the public review period will be considered in preparation of the final EA and before a determination is made on the proposed action.

The final OSB EA will be available on this website following approval for release by Air Force officials. 
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tabOSB EA Information Update
The Air Force extended the OSB EA public comment period from 30 days to 65 days, which ended on 4 Oct 12. The Air Force is in the process of reviewing the public comments.
tabThe OSB Mission
The 162nd Fighter Wing Operation Snowbird detachment's mission, is to provide support for U.S. military flying units and allied partners deployed for training.  Southern Arizona provides optimal weather conditions and ample ranges that mirror the environment found downrange. OSB hosts an average of 10-12 units per year with 2 -12 aircraft per visit for an average of two weeks. Every visiting pilot is informed of and complies with all base traffic patterns and noise abatement procedures, mitigating noise impact on the surrounding communities.
tabContact information
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
Comm (520) 228-3406
DSN 228-3406
Flight Operation Concerns (520) 228-5091

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