OEA continues to assist communities, both large and small, with adapting to Defense program changes. Communities benefit from decades of OEA knowledge and community best practices, allowing them to leverage state and federal resources to proactively and positively change their individual community.
Each project highlight story below showcases a challenge the community is facing and how this community, with OEA support, is working to solve it.
Camp Swift, Texas
Camp Swift is a Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) Training Center on Federal property licensed to the Texas Army National Guard. The installation comprises 11,740 acres and is classified as a Maneuver Training Center-Light (MTC-L) with both pre-mobilization and institutional training missions. The base serves as the TXARNG primary site for pre-mobilization training and is the preferred training center for the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Camp Swift has nine live-fire ranges, which include a Light Demolition Range, an Improvised Explosive Devise Lane, an air assault course, and a Drop Zone for airborne training. The average annual usage is 150,000 “Man Days,” which equates to 411 soldiers training each day. Camp Swift has the training capacity for up to 1,200 soldiers.
Camp Williams Training Site, Utah
The Camp Williams Training Site encompasses 20,904 acres located 26 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah and is split by Salt Lake and Utah counties. The mission of Camp Williams is to provide maneuver, live fire artillery, weapons qualification, and pre-mobilization training facilities to the Utah Army National Guard, the Army Reserves, and other military service units. Camp Williams also is home to the 640th Regiment Regional Training Institute that provides formal military training to commissioned and non-commissioned officers, enlisted soldiers, and trainees for 12 western states. Major tenants include the I Corps Artillery, A Company 141st Military Intelligence Battalion, the Joint Language Training Center, and the 1457th Engineer Training Battalion. Camp Williams also supports training for Utahbased law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico
The Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) communities have a long history of supporting the installation, its men, women, and families. After a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision to close Cannon AFB unless a new mission was identified, the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Air Force decided to transfer the base from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command, eliminating the existing F-16 tactical fighter mission and bringing in C-130, CV-22, and Predator special operations missions. The new mission, the 27th Special Operations Wing, began in October 2007, resulted in the addition of an estimated 1,213 net additional personnel.
Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi
Columbus Air Force Base (AFB) encompasses 4,931 acres (4,408 of which are federally owned). The 14th Flying Training Wing (14 FTW) military operations include flight training for the T-6A Texan II, T-38C Talon, and T-1A Jayhawk. The 14 FTW averages 280 sorties daily from three parallel runways, and a fourth auxiliary runway 30 miles away uses 34,000 square miles of airspace and averages 90,000 flight hours annually.
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) is an active duty and reserve Air Force installation with three primary missions: testing and deployment of all air delivered weapons, special operations training, and Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Initial Joint Training. The reservation is located in the Florida Panhandle on the Gulf of Mexico and surrounded by Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties, and ten municipalities. The reservation encompasses 453,594 acres (453,460 Department of Defense-owned), including a main airfield cantonment area, Hurlburt and Duke Airfields, an Army 7th Special Forces Group training site, land assault zones, and an active live fire test range.
Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota
Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) comprises 6,223 acres (5,409 acres of which are owned by the Department of Defense) and is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Rapid City and just north of the City of Box Elder, South Dakota. The host unit at Ellsworth AFB is the 28th Bomb Wing assigned to the Air Combat Command's Twelfth Air Force. The 28th Bomb Wing, one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings in the U. S. Air Force, has the mission to deliver decisive combat power for global response. The 28th Bomb Wing is divided into the 28th Operations Group, the 28th Maintenance Group, the 28th Mission Support Group, and the 28th Medical Group. The installation population, approximately 8,000, includes military members, family members, and civilian employees. The installation’s sister city, Rapid City, has a population of 68,000. There also are approximately 3,800 military retirees in western South Dakota.