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Under cover of another sham environmental analysis and public disclosure document, the Pentagon made clear today its decision to waste nearly $5 billion taxpayer dollars to establish drone warfare training across southeastern Colorado.
$5 billion taxpayer dollars are being spent to build a new
Combat Aviation Brigade complete with Grey Eagles and other drones.
Their decision flies in the face of reality:
The Combat Aviation Brigade is an unprecedented escalation of military expansion prohibited across southeastern Colorado.
Call Senator Mark Udall, the politician pushing the new Combat Aviation Brigade and $5 billion for it.
Tell him to stop.
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Colorado Springs Independent
Environmental report on Carson's CAB released
Posted by Pam Zubeck on Wed, Jan 4, 2012
A heavy combat aviation brigade at Fort Carson that would include
would have very little impact on the environment, according to a draft Environmental Assessment released Tuesday for public comment.
Public meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. are scheduled for later this month:
Monday, Jan. 23 at Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad.
In a nutshell, the study found these impacts in various environmental categories [click].
Carson's heavy CAB would have UH-60 Black Hawks (medium lift helicopters), AH-64 Apaches (attack helicopters), and CH-47 Chinooks (heavy lift helicopters). The difference between a medium and heavy CAB is that a heavy CAB has more attack helicopters, giving it more fire-power, the EA says. Also, the CAB would maintain and operate between 600 to 700 wheeled vehicles and trucks to support aviation operations.
With the CAB will come new construction of facilities for brigade, battalion, and company headquarters operations, replacement and additional aircraft maintenance hangars, vehicle maintenance shops, and storage units.
From the EA:
No CAB facilities would need to be built at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, where a good portion of the fly time of the CAB would take place. "It is estimated that up to one third of CAB flight time may occur at PCMS," the EA reports.
"Using the annual average CAB units training hours of 22,957 from Table 2.3-1, this would translate into an anticipated 7,652 annual average flight hours at PCMS; however, as noted in Section 2.3.2, it is believed that a more probable estimate of annual CAB flight hours is 14,880. One-third of this more probable figure indicates the anticipated average annual flight hours at PCMS would be 4,960. The stationing of a CAB at Fort Carson would not result in a significant increase in use or scheduling of PCMS. A majority of aviation operations at PCMS would be conducted to support ground operations that would have otherwise occurred without aviation support."
The EA states that training by mechanized ground units at PCMS would not exceed a total of 4.7 months per year, a limit established in Fort Carson's 1980 Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements for Training Land Acquisition.
At Carson and PCMS, the CAB would cause the Army to increase its live-fire training activities by 6.5 percent.
As for noise, the EA found "no significant change" would be caused by the CAB, and notes the areas most affected will be Colorado Springs, the foothills area to the west, Rancho Colorado area to the east, Fountain, Widefield and Security, Penrose and Pueblo West.
According to the EA, adding the CAB would increase the average number of daily flights from Fort Carson from 283 to 324.
Soldiers are expected to begin arriving in 2013.