Pentagon: Air Force Announces Decision on Location of 24th Air Force
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2009 -- The following news release made available Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Defense is the text of a statement announcing the decision om the location of the 24th Air Force:
The U.S. Air Force announced today that Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, has been selected as the permanent location of the 24th Air Force headquarters, a numbered air force (NAF) designed to conduct cyber operations activities for the Air Force.(Report from a U.S. Defense Department news release.)
The selection of the 24th Air Force headquarters location follows completion of the Environmental Impact Analysis Process required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
"The thorough evaluation process, which included a 30-day public comment period, determined a finding of no significant impact," said Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary for installations.
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was previously identified as the Air Force's preferred alternative and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., was another alternative considered in this process.
"The standup of this NAF will provide clear lines of authority and responsibility dedicated to cyber operations," said, Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, who will assume command of 24th Air Force later this month.
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