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Fort A.P. Hill holding open house on proposal to build two additional ranges

I received this from BG Supervisor Jeff Sili this morning (I’m posting this with his permission):

Jeff Sili:

For your blog

Yesterday I was called by the Caroline Progress to make a comment on a meeting for which I received no prior notification from A.P. Hill.  The following press release forwarded to me today by the Progress was received after last week’s paper deadline.  When the notice is published next week on a Thursday it will give Bowling Green citizens approximately 4 days to attend the meeting.  I would appreciate your publication of the meeting notice in order to inform the public who have a vested interest in the outcome.  I make no judgement call on the project itself as I do not know enough about it to comment however 4 days notice to the public is not sufficient.

Thanks

Jeff Sili/Bowling Green District Supervisor


PRESS RELEASE                                                   FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

DATE:  October 22, 2010                                           Fort A.P. Hill Public Affairs Office

Jennifer Erickson, (804) 633-8324

faphpao@conus.army.mil

FORT A.P. HILL INITIATES EA FOR PROPOSED AWG TRAINING SITE

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. – The U.S. Army is preparing an Environmental Assessment for the proposed construction and operation of the Asymmetric Warfare Group Training Range Site at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. 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 part of the NEPA scoping process, the public is invited to an open house, Nov. 3, at the Bowling Green Town Hall, 117 Butler Street, in downtown Bowling Green, between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. There, installation staff and their consultants will be available to discuss details of the project and answer any questions regarding the NEPA process.

AWG is the Army’s asymmetric warfare expert, predicting, and contributing to the rapid defeat of asymmetric threats. The training site would consist of 800-meter and 1,200-meter firing ranges with supporting facilities. The proposed project would be constructed on 675 acres within a current range area south of Route 301, southeast of Carter’s Corner at the southern end of the installation. The proposed site is bounded on the northeast by a series of ponds which drain into Smoots Run. It is bounded on the southeast by Smoots Run and Smoots Pond. The northwest and southwest boundaries lie near and along Danger Trail. The proposed training range site would be a controlled access area, as are all the training sites within the southern impact area of Fort A. P. Hill.

The 800-meter range would include shooting pads constructed of pervious material and a stabilized, 30-foot by 200-foot shooting range. A gravel parking area, a gravel down range maintenance access road, an operations and storage building, an ammunition breakdown building, a vault latrine and a covered mess shelter also would be constructed.

The 1,200-meter range would include a controlled area; down-range electrical systems; a range operations center; operations/storage building; bleacher enclosure; an after action review building; vehicle staging area; battery storage building; and, information systems. The range itself would consist of two unimproved trails. The improved serpentine driving course would be 15 feet by 20 feet wide with a gravel base strong enough to accommodate medium tactical vehicles performing simultaneous training exercises. Both stationary and moving armor and infantry targetry would be emplaced on the 1,200-meter range. Targetry would consist of a series of free-standing, portable radio-controlled and battery-operated targets; target emplacements consisting of five-foot square earthen and concrete pads; a series of steel and/or concrete bunkers and berms; four moving armored targets; and, multiple pop-up targets. Concrete turning pads able to accommodate both wheeled and tracked vehicles would be situated throughout the range course.

While the anticipated average daily number of military personnel expected on site is 24 persons, the AWG ranges could accommodate up to 40 individuals simultaneously participating in multiple training activities and operations during day and nighttime hours.

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