JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Joint Base San Antonio leadership hosted the 2019 Air Installations Compatible Use Zones, or AICUZ, Open House Nov. 14 at Port San Antonio, where the most recent study was released.
The Department of Defense’s Air AICUZ Program balances aircraft operations requirements with community concerns by focusing on the health, safety and welfare of those living and working on or near military installations.
AICUZ studies analyze the effects of aircraft noise, aircraft accident potential, and land development on present and future neighbors of United States Air Force bases.
“The open house was a great forum to discuss not only the challenges associated with flight operations, but how we are working with community leaders to find mutually beneficial solutions,” said Col. Scott Thompson, 502nd Installation Support Group commander. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to speak with members of the community about our mission and to express our appreciation for all the support we have received.”
By educating the local community on the AICUZ program it encourages land development that is compatible with aircraft operations by seeking ways to minimize the impacts of aircraft noise and accident potential while not impacting operational requirements and ensuring that potential home buyers are aware of the impacts of living near a military airport.
“The study enables us to provide accurate information to local community planners for consideration in the development of future plan and projects,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Mather, 502nd Operations Support Squadron commander. “Supporting the community that supports us, strengthens JBSA’s mission and makes San Antonio the great ‘Military City’ that it is.”
More information on the AICUZ Study can be found at https://www.jbsa.mil/Portals/102/Documents/Environmental%20PA/JBSA_Lackland_AICUZ_100_FINAL_Oct%202019.pdf