Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, was established and activated in January 1942, making it the oldest major command in the Air Force. Its training mission makes it the first command to touch the life of nearly every Air Force member.

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Common Battlefield Airman Training

The U.S. Air Force is accepting public comment and holding community meetings regarding a proposal to establish a Common Battlefield Airman Training program at either Arnold Air Force Base near Manchester, Tenn., Moody AFB near Valdosta, Ga., or Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, La.

The Air Force proposes to establish the CBAT program to further expand Airmen ground training in combat small arms firing, basics of land navigation, small unit tactics and combative skills. Implementation of the program will be conducted in three phases and will include a daily average of about 600 instructors, 200 base support personnel and 1,800 students at the end of the third phase. This would result in the training of more than 14,400 Airmen annually at the selected base.

As part of the proposal, the Air Force will analyze potential environmental impacts associated with the development of a CBAT campus that contains administrative, instructional and living areas for students and instructors, and areas designated for field training operations.

Anticipated impacts at each installation will be considered and made available to the public in an Environmental Impact Statement. In adherence to the National Environmental Protection Act, the Air Force is committed to involving the public in the EIS process. Public scoping meetings will take place in December near each base being considered. Scoping meetings are scheduled to provide interested people and organizations an opportunity to learn more about this proposal and the EIS process. The public is encouraged to attend and provide community-specific input.

Scoping meetings will run from 6-8 p.m. on the dates indicated at the following locations:

Tuesday, Dec. 5
Arnold AFB
Coffee County Administration Plaza Community Room
1329 MacArthur Street
Manchester, Tenn.

Thursday, Dec. 7
Moody AFB
Valdosta City Hall Annex
300 North Lee Street
Valdosta, Ga.

Tuesday, Dec. 12
Barksdale AFB
Holiday Inn
Churchill/Pimlico Banquet Rooms
2015 Old Minden Road
Bossier City, La.

For more information or to submit written comments, e-mail Please submit comments by Dec. 17, 2006. Your involvement and input are an important part of the environmental impact analysis process!


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