The U.S. Air Force will be holding a public hearing tomorrow to hear comments on the Draft Environmental Impace Statement for the new KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the USAF has prepared the environmental study which is currently available for public review and comment. The hearing will be at the Herman Park Center in Goldsboro.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina has been identified as the Preferred Alternative for the KC-46A with Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Westover ARB, Massachusetts considered as reasonable alternatives for the mission.
The squadron of new KC-46A aircraft will require infrastructure, facilities, airfield operations, training activities, personnel, and airspace to support worldwide refueling, cargo, or aeromedical evacuation missions. At Seymour Johnson AFB the new tanker would be a replacement mission for the existing KC-135 Stratoanker aircraft mission. In addition, KC-46A aircrews from Seymour Johnson AFB would continue to use the Kinston Regional Jetport as an auxiliary airfield as is currently being used by KC-135 aircrews.
The KC-46A aircraft will replace a portion of the aging tanker fleet with more refueling capacity and enhanced capabilities, improved efficiency, and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation. The KC-46A will provide aerial refueling support to the USAF, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps, as well as allied-nation coalition force aircraft.
More information and can be obtained from the project web site at www.KC-46A-beddown.com.
The USAF is soliciting comments on the Draft EIS from interested members of the public as well as interested federal, state, and local agencies and others. Public input is vital in supporting the USAF in making informed decisions, and no action will be taken until after a Final EIS and Record of Decision are published. The USAF will hold public hearings to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the proposal and to provide input.
Tomorrow’s meeting will be at the Herman Park Center, 901 East Ash St. in Goldsboro. The venue will open at 5 p.m. and begin at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will start with a USAF presentation, followed by formal public testimony beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. The hearing will conclude at 8 p.m. All members of the public are invited.