Altus air force base kicks off encroachment management project efforts

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Altus Air Force Base is scheduled to kick off the development of an Installation Complex Encroachment Management Action Plan (ICEMAP) Jan. 28 - 30 with a workshop and installation personnel interviews. These activities will provide a greater understanding of the installation's mission and operation requirements as well as insights into the shared interests of the installation and surrounding community.

The purpose of the workshop is to identify staff roles and responsibilities in managing encroachment. The interviews will facilitate the collection of encroachment related information necessary for the development of the Altus AFB ICEMAP, which is slated for completion in September 2014.

ICEMAPs are being completed at Altus AFB and other Air Force installations as part of the Air Force Encroachment Management Program, established by Air Force Policy Directive 90-20, signed in April 2012. The program continues to develop policy, guidance and tools to help Air Force major commands and installations address internal and external encroachment and sustainment challenges.

The Altus AFB ICEMAP will examine the following challenge areas: airspace and land restrictions, airborne noise, urban growth, spectrum encroachment, endangered species and critical habitat, air, water, cultural resources, unexploded ordnance and munitions, marine resources, energy compatibility and availability, security/safety, natural factors and climate effects.

Two other area Air Force installations - Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas and Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla. - are also completing ICEMAPs in 2014. The ICEMAP project teams will work together to identify shared encroachment challenges and potential regional management actions that the installations could undertake together.

Marstel-Day, LLC is assisting Headquarters Air Force, Air Education Training Command, and Altus AFB in the development of the ICEMAP. The firm is highly regarded for their expertise in helping military installations nationwide utilize innovative solutions to navigate complex issues regarding sustainability, land use, real property, conservation, and the environment.

The key focus of the ICEMAP process is managing encroachment, described as the impact of a stakeholder's actions on current and future military activities as well as the impact of the military's actions on stakeholders. In addition, encroachment impacts from natural factors and climate effects are considered in the analyses.