Thursday, December 09, 2010

Air Force Announces Candidate Basing Locations for Lima Aircraft

The Air Force announced today that Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N. J., and Travis Air Force Base, Calif., are candidate basing locations for Light Mobility Aircraft (LiMA).

These locations are candidates to beddown a single squadron consisting of 12 aircraft and approximately 100 personnel. The LiMA mission supports building partnerships and training in appropriate environments.

"The selection of this candidate list is the result of a deliberate, measured and defendable process, said Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations.

The list of candidate bases was selected using previously announced basing criteria.

Site surveys will be conducted and the formal environmental impact analysis process will begin, allowing communities around each candidate base to participate and provide input into the environmental analysis.

Based on the results of these efforts, officials expect to announce the preferred alternative in February 2011. Once the formal National Environmental Policy Act process is complete and the fiscal 2011 authorizations and appropriations are passed for LiMA acquisition, the Air Force will make a final determination on basing.