Environmental study initiated for Angel Thunder exercise

Release Number: 010317

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Today the U.S. Air Force released the draft Environmental Assessment addressing the Angel Thunder Personnel Recovery/Rescue Training Exercise in the Southwest United States for public review and comment. A 30-day comment period follows the release of the document. The comment period will end Tuesday, April 4.


The draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) analyze the potential impacts associated with the Air Force’s proposal to conduct Air Combat Command’s biannual Angel Thunder Personnel Recovery/Rescue exercise, which is primarily based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  


The proposed training sites are located on federal, tribal, state, municipal, and private land in areas of Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and California that have been previously disturbed or currently or previously used for the activities conducted under the Proposed Action. 


Training airspace used by Angel Thunder would largely cover Arizona, southern New Mexico, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and off the coast of San Diego, California, using established military operations areas and training routes. 


The Draft Angel Thunder EA can be viewed at http://www.dm.af.mil and at the following libraries:


Himmel Park Branch Library, 1035 North Treat Avenue, Tucson AZ 85716

Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 East 36th Street, Tucson AZ  85713

University of Arizona Library, 1510 East University Boulevard, Tucson AZ  85721-0055

Pascua Yaqui Tribe Public Library, 5100 West Calle Tetakusim, Tucson AZ 85757-9308

Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 West Plaza Street #179, Ajo AZ  85321

Venito Garcia Library and Archives, P.O. Box 837, Sells AZ  85634-0837

Burton Barr Public Library, 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Flagstaff City-Coconino County Main Public Library, 300 West Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Glenwood Library, P.O. Box 144, 14 Menges Lane, Glenwood, NM 88039 

Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library, 208 East Third St., Lordsburg, NM 88045


Public comments must be submitted in writing by Tuesday, April 4 by mail to: AFCEC/CZN, Attention: ACC NEPA PM, Ms. Robin Divine, 2261 Hughes Avenue Suite 155, JBSA Lackland, TX 78236-9853.


All comments will be considered before the EA is finalized.


Contact the 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office with any questions at 520-228-3406.