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.
Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington
Located in Spokane County, near the cities of Airway Heights, Medical Lake, and Spokane in eastern Washington, the 5,923-acre Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB) accomplishes its air refueling mission by flying the KC-135R, with planned conversion to a new aircraft platform. The base also is home to the Air Force Survival School and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency. Known as the “tanker hub of the Northwest,” Fairchild and the 92nd Air Refueling Wing support U.S. and allied forces around the world, including special airlift missions, combat operations, and humanitarian relief missions. The largest employer in Spokane County, Fairchild AFB has a total estimated economic impact of more than $420 million (fiscal year 2007).
Floyd Edsall Training Center, Nevada
Floyd Edsall Training Center (TC) is a Nevada Army National Guard training facility located in the City of North Las Vegas, approximately 10 miles north of the City of Las Vegas. The site comprises 1,697 acres, including a 40-acre cantonment area, 797 acres of easements, and undeveloped open space. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) owns all 1,697 acres while the Nevada Division of State Lands (DSL) holds the patents and title. The Nevada Army National Guard leases the property from Nevada DSL through a Recreation and Public Purposes Lease, which allows the Armed Services significant training use. The primary on-site operations include small unit training (platoon maximum), un-mounted laser engagement, equipment and vehicles staging, classroom training, and vehicle maintenance. The installation is the only Nevada Army National Guard facility with open training space in southern Nevada and has the largest National Guard operated motor pool in the state.
Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia
Fort A.P. Hill, located approximately 90 minutes south of the National Capital Region, is an all-purpose, year-round, military training and maneuver center providing realistic joint and combined arms training. With 76,000 acres of land, including a modern 28,000 acre live-fire range complex with more than 100 direct and indirect fire ranges, it is one of the largest East Coast military installations in the United States. Military units can engage in training ranging from small unit operations to major maneuvers with combined arms and live-fire exercises. Fort A.P. Hill also has an aerial gunnery range supporting combat training for rotary wing aircraft. All branches of the Armed Forces, Active and Reserve units, along with various state and federal agencies, train at the installation, as well as a number of foreign allies.
Fort Campbell, Tennessee and Kentucky
Fort Campbell serves as a Power Projection Platform (PPP) and a major maneuver installation for the Army and the Department of Defense. The installation supports the training and deployment of more than 30,000 assigned soldiers and is one of the largest installations in the Army. Encompassing more than 105,000 acres of land, Fort Campbell is home to three of the US Army's premier combat units: The 101st Airborne Division, the 160th Special Operations Regiment, and the 5th Special Forces Group. The installation straddles the state line in north-middle Tennessee and southwestern Kentucky.
Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania
Fort Indiantown Gap is located in the counties of Dauphin and Lebanon in South Central Pennsylvania. It is situated 20 miles northeast of Pennsylvania’s state capital, Harrisburg, and 12 miles north of the City of Lebanon. In Lebanon County, municipalities adjacent to the 17,222 acre installation include the townships of East Hanover, Union, and Cold Spring. In Dauphin County, the townships of East and West Hanover are adjacent to the installation. The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is located immediately adjacent to Fort Indiantown Gap.
Fort Jackson/McCrady Training Center and McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina
The Central Midlands region of South Carolina is home to Fort Jackson/McCrady Training Center and McEntire Joint National Guard Base. Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, hosting training 50 percent of all soldiers and 70 percent of the women entering the Army each year. The South Carolina Army National Guard’s McCrady Training Center occupies the eastern third of the Fort Jackson footprint with training that involves the full range of weaponry within the South Carolina Army National Guard, including tanks and artillery.