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96 th Air Base Wing …It’s Always the Hour Sustainabilty Briefing Colonel Eric Pohland 96 th Air Base Wing …It’s Always the Hour Sustainabilty Briefing Colonel Eric Pohland 96 ABW/CV Integrity - Service - Excellence

Eglin Air Force Base • Eglin AFB is the home of the Air Armament Eglin Air Force Base • Eglin AFB is the home of the Air Armament Center, responsible for development, acquisition, testing, and sustainment of all air-delivered weapons. – 464, 000 acres in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties – Hundreds of thousands of square miles of over-water range – Over 45 associate units – Over 50 test areas – Multiple terrain features including shorelines, rolling hills, dense forests, cleared flat expanses, water Air Force Marine Corps Army Navy

Eglin’s Current Missions Eglin’s Current Missions

BRAC and New Mission • • • BRAC-Congress approved Eglin as beddown site for BRAC and New Mission • • • BRAC-Congress approved Eglin as beddown site for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter joint training, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) test site and of the Army’s 7 th Special Forces Group. Recent beddown of the Air Force Special Operations tilt-rotor aircraft, the CV-22 Osprey, at Hurlburt Field. Incoming testing of the Combat Search and Rescue vehicle at Duke Field – Big challenge to sustain current mission and accept new mission Joint Strike Fighter Army 7 th SFG DTRA CV 22

Sustainability and Stewardship Sustainability of Eglin’s dynamic and robust missions depends on • Stewardship Sustainability and Stewardship Sustainability of Eglin’s dynamic and robust missions depends on • Stewardship of natural and cultural resources • Effective management of land, water, range and airspace • Support of the State and surrounding communities – Coordinated Planning • • • National Environmental Policy Act - BRAC, Military Family Housing Joint Land-use (JLUS) planning Emerald Coast Transportation Corridor Mid-Bay Bridge Transportation Connector Leveraging resources – Partnership examples • NGO - Nature Conservancy, Longleaf Pine Alliance • Regional bodies - Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast, Gulf Coastal Plains Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP), NW FL Regional Planning Council • Local communities - Shalimar, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Crestview, Navarre, and Destin • Counties – Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton • Federal Agencies - US Fish and Wildlife, Agriculture, Geological Survey, EPA, Corps of Engineers • State of Florida - Departments of Environmental Protection, Forestry,

Eglin’s Natural Resources Stewardship Mission Support Eglin AFB in accomplishing its diverse warfighting missions Eglin’s Natural Resources Stewardship Mission Support Eglin AFB in accomplishing its diverse warfighting missions through sound natural resources management • Largest natural resources program in Air Force • 280, 000 acres in public recreation • 70, 000 acres/yr in prescribed burns • 20 miles of beach • 19 Federally-listed T&E species • 39 State-listed T&E species • 300, 000 acres in longleaf pine

Eglin is a Success Story – Military Testing and Training is Compatible with Natural Eglin is a Success Story – Military Testing and Training is Compatible with Natural Resources Conservation • Only jeopardy opinion ever received at Eglin AFB cited a lack of information about the species as the reason. • If that same mission were to come to Eglin today it would happen. • Good science, good information and good partnerships win every time.

Sustainability through Environmental Management Sustainability of Eglin’s dynamic and robust missions through • Environmental, Sustainability through Environmental Management Sustainability of Eglin’s dynamic and robust missions through • Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Committee provides oversight and policy of environmental areas • Environmental Management System (EMS) - automated EMS scores and prioritizes environmental aspects for both funding and planning corrective actions. • Pollution Prevention (P 2) Assessments - to avoid, eliminate or correct potential compliance issues • Environmental and Occupational Health Assessments and Assistance Visits (EOHCAMP) - annual multidisciplinary selfassessment of environmental compliance

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