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BMGR RANGE MANAGEMENT OFFICE (RMO)|
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The 56th Range Management Office is responsible for all flight operations and environmental management activities associated with the eastern segment of the Goldwater Range. The Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field is also managed by the RMO. The RMO consists of pilots, archaeologists, biologists, engineers, airspace managers, and quality assurance evaluators who work with Air Force and other government agency officials to preserve, protect, and enhance the Barry M. Goldwater Range. If you need to contact RMO, call (623) 856-8520 or DSN 896-8520.
Public Outreach (IEC/BEC Information)
Visiting the Range
DRAFT EA BMGR-E Sahara Mustard Control
Executive Summary Range Enhancement EIS
Final Signed ROD 6 of 10 Proposals
EIS second ROD
Public Report for the Barry M. Goldwater Range Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan
**The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps are in the process of updating the 2007 Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) for the Barry M. Goldwater Range (BMGR) and need your input.
This effort includes preparing a Public Report to summarize current military use of the BMGR, changes in military use of the lands since the 2007 INRMP was implemented, and efforts related to the management of natural and cultural resources and environmental remediation of the lands during the previous five years.
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File 1: BMGR INRMP Draft Public Report Chapters 1-2, Jun2012 (14 MB)
File 2: BMGR INRMP Draft Public Report Chapters 3-8, Jun2012 (11 MB)
Two public meetings are scheduled to share the progress made since the completion of the 2007 INRMP, to seek review and input to guide development of the INRMP update, and to share information about projects planned to support natural resource management during the next five years. Both open house meetings will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
July 17, 2012
Yuma County Main Library Conference Room
2951 S. 21st Drive
July 18, 2012
Gila Bend Resource Center
303 E. Pima Street
Gila Bend, AZ
Written comments may also be submitted to Beth Defend, URS Corporation, 7720 N. 16th Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85020, or by e-mail to email@example.com. Comments must be received or postmarked by 30 July 2012 to allow sufficient time for full consideration in the INRMP update.
Provide decisive management of one of the finest air-to-air and air-to-ground tactical aviation range complexes and airspace structures in the world, through a comprehensive mastery of our facilities, airspace and contracts, while incorporating a dedicated stewardship of the environment and natural and cultural resources entrusted to our care.
Why the Air Force Needs the Goldwater Range
The key value of the Goldwater Range is that it is authorized for live-fire training, which is essential to the abilities of aircrews to survive and win in combat. The lethal effectiveness of the modern battlefield is so great that there is no longer a margin for second thoughts or a second chance. Aircrews must have mastered their own weapons systems and tactics prior to the fight to have any chance of winning. Accordingly, an aircrew's first experience with realistic live fire must be in training rather than combat.
Live-fire training can be conducted on the Goldwater Range only because the military has the authority to control entry by both surface and airspace users. This authority is critical to protect the safety of both the public and military personnel and to prevent scheduled training operations from being interrupted by non-participating surface users or aircraft.
The extensive land and airspace areas of the range are important for four reasons:
1) The range is large enough to safely accommodate many independent but simultaneous operations, permitting cost- and time-effective flight training.
2) The range and many of its individual subranges are large enough to support training at or near the full capability of existing and planned aircraft and weapons systems.
3) When multiple subranges are used in blocks or the range is used as a whole, it has the capacity to accommodate realistic training exercises involving complex battle scenarios with large forces of friendly and adversary aircraft.
4) It is sufficiently large to absorb the many changes in tactics, targets, an increased aircraft performance which have occurred in the past 50+ years that the Goldwater Range has been in use.
The lesson from history is that a range with sufficient air and land space can meet evolving tactical aviation training requirements. The Goldwater Range has the capacity to keep pace with the evolution of aircraft technology and changing tactics of aerial warfare. The range will continue to be a critical asset for ensuring national defense air power readiness.
Point of Contact
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs