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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:02 am 
Peaceful Skies Community Discussion on
Holloman Air Force Base Proposal for F-16 Training Over the Gila
Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 pm
WNMU Global Resource Center Auditorium

More info: GRIP, 575.538.8078

Join the community discussion on the proposed Holloman Air Force Base expansion of its Special Use Airspace for F-16 fighter jet training over Silver City and the Gila area on Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 pm at the WNMU Global Resource Center Auditorium. Carol Miller, one of the founders and president of the Peaceful Skies Coalition, will be the guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo is considering expanding its Special Use Airspace to train F-16 fighter pilots. One of the alternatives being considered is to create a new Military Operations Area outside of Silver City, including over the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness. The Air Force is proposing to fly 10,000 training sorties annually, including low-level flights at 500 feet above ground surface, as well as 1000 supersonic sorties. The F-16's will also train with air defense systems that employ chaff and flares - as many as 30,000 annually.
The human, wildlife and environmental impacts of this proposal could be severe.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement will be released in Spring 2018.

Carol Miller is one of the co-founders and president of Peaceful Skies Coalition that works to oppose expanding militarization in the U.S. and around the globe. The group continues its fight against the Air Force's efforts to turn 94,000 square miles of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and New Mexico into a low-altitude spying and warfare training area. In addition to being a long-time peace activist, Carol is a public health and social justice activist. She has held several prestigious appointments in the Clinton and Reagan administrations and served on the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education under former Governor Bill Richardson.

The event is sponsored by the Gila Resources Information Project, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, Gila Conservation Coalition, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the Center for Biological Diversity.

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