Date: Oct. 7, 2011
FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — The Army is preparing an Environmental Assessment for the modification of restricted airspace over Fort A.P. Hill.
Fort A.P. Hill, part of the Army Installation Management Command’s Atlantic Region, is a regional training center providing realistic joint and combined arms training support to America’s Defense Forces.
The current restricted airspace over the installation extends to an altitude of 5,000 feet relative to mean sea level. The current restricted area provides minimum airspace to support military live-fire operations and limits Fort A.P. Hill to meet its existing mission. The limitations of this space have inhibited required training activities and affected the overall readiness of the Warriors who train on the post.
The proposed restricted area would be divided into three shelves: A. Surface to 4,500 feet MSL; B. 4,501 feet MSL to 7,500 feet MSL; and, C. 7,501 feet MSL to 9,000 feet MSL. The proposed modification would limit the time of day use of the lowest shelf from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily and other times by Notice to Airmen 24 hours in advance.
An increased airspace ceiling would enhance high-angle indirect firing of artillery needed by units which require this training. In today’s combat environment, artillery must employ high angle trajectories to reach designated targets. These firing techniques must be practiced prior to deployment.
The increased airspace also would benefit training operations for rotary and fixed wing aircraft while potentially incorporating standoff to residents. There is no proposed increase in the frequency of existing artillery fire.
Because the proposed project relies on federal funding and occurs on federal property, it must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. As a part of the General Scoping process, citizens are invited to submit comments by Nov. 7 to the Fort A.P. Hill Public Affairs Office, 18436 4th Street, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, 22427 or by email at email@example.com.
The next opportunity to comment on the proposed project will be after the Environmental Assessment is drafted.