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.
State of Idaho Joint Land Use Study
The Idaho Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) covers Mountain Home Air Force Base (AFB), Gowen Field, and their associated training areas and ranges. Mountain Home AFB comprises 6,852 acres, and with its thousands of acres of ranges, forms a military operations area (MOA) in Elmore and Owyhee Counties. Mountain Home and the MOA support deployable combat air operational, wartime contingency, and global peacetime training missions. The 366th Fighter Wing is stationed at Mountain Home with the mission to train F-15 pilots and crews. Gowen Field and Orchard Training Area, both located in Ada County, comprise 576 acres and 138,551 acres, respectively. Gowen Field, adjacent to the Boise International Airport, hosts the Idaho Air National Guard and Army National Guard, supporting close air support and transport missions.
Stones Ranch Military Reservation, Connecticut
Stones Ranch Military Reservation is a multi-use tactical training area for the Connecticut National Guard encompassing about 2,000 acres. It is the only Department of Defense-supported maneuver training site in the state of Connecticut and the only maneuver training area available to the Guard within the state. It consists of bivouac areas, a land-navigation course, 23-station confidence course, leadership reaction course, rappel tower, live-fire demolition range, bridge training facility, diesel fuel point with was rack, ammunition storage facility, 3 rotary-wing landing zones, a company-sized Tactical Training Base, a MOUT (Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain) facility, ground maintenance facility, and a 2,200 foot airstrip. Stones Ranch simultaneously supports the federal mission by hosting training for various units of the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as mission-specific training for SEAL Team 4, SEAL Team 10, Operational Detachment A/5234 of the 2d Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, and Port Security and Defense training for Navy personnel and contract security teams from Naval Submarine Base New London.
Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island, Virginia
Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) Wallops Island is a major sustained defense activity of Virginia's Eastern Shore. It is a tenant at National Aeronautical Space Administration Wallops Flight Facility, located in northern Accomack County, approximately six miles south of the Maryland state line. SCSC Wallops supports the Center Surface Combat System, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Corona, and NSWC Dahlgren. SCSC's location on the Atlantic Ocean provides installed Naval systems a maritime environment that could only be replicated at huge expense by using operational ships at sea. SCSC is located directly east of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, naval aviation test facilities. Aircraft routinely launch and recover at Patuxent River, but conduct their test evaluations in the Virginia Capes Operating Area and utilize SCSC's instrumentation assets.
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), located in the southeast Oklahoma City metropolitan area, is the headquarters for the Air Force Materiel Command Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, which is the worldwide manager for a wide range of aircraft, engines, missiles, software, and avionics and accessories components. It is one of three Air Force Air Logistics Centers, with the other two located at Hill AFB, Utah, and Robins AFB, Georgia. Tinker AFB, with approximately 27,000 military and civilian employees, is the largest single-site employer in Oklahoma. The installation has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $3.4 billion, creating an estimated 30,865 secondary jobs. Tinker AFB comprises 4,048 acres, leases 810 acres, and has 642 acres of easements.
Volk Field/Hardwood Range, Wisconsin
Volk Field is an Air National Guard Base owned by the State of Wisconsin and encompasses 2,336 acres near the Village of Camp Douglas. Volk Field, with the associated Air National Guard Combat Training Center, is one of the very few wholly Air National Guard-owned airfields in the Guard inventory. In addition, the Training Center manages over 10,000 square miles of military special use airspace, as well as the 7,300-acre Hardwood Air to Ground Gunnery Range (R-6904), which is owned by the State of Wisconsin and located near Finley, 29 miles from Volk Field. More than 200 active duty and Reserve Component units from all Military Departments use the facility annually. Hardwood Range provides training for combat aircrews for air-to-ground weapons delivery.
White Sands Missile Range, Holloman Air Force Base, and Fort Bliss, New Mexico and Texas
White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), and Fort Bliss are contiguous installations located in southern New Mexico and western Texas, in the New Mexico Counties of Otero, Doña Ana, Sierra, Socorro, and Lincoln, and the Texas County of El Paso. The installations are located near the Cities of Las Cruces and Alamogordo, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. In combination, the three installations encompass more than 3.3 million acres and restricted airspace covering nearly 10,000 square miles. Interdependent missions and assets abound across the three installations. WSMR, Holloman AFB, and Fort Bliss coordinate airspace, range usage, and frequency spectrum for multiple users through a regional partnership called “The Triad.”