Beddown of Foreign Military Sales Pilot Training Center at Ebbing Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Arkansas or Selfridge ANGB, Michigan Environmental Impact Statement
The Department of the Air Force (DAF) is proposing an action to establish a permanent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Pilot Training Center (PTC) at either Ebbing Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Arkansas or Selfridge ANGB, Michigan. The Proposed Action is needed to provide a centralized location for training and pilot production associated with FMS. The FMS PTC would initially provide beddown of up to 36 F-35 aircraft at a single location within the United States. Additionally, as part of the FMS program the Republic of Singapore would relocate 12 F-16s from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to the FMS PTC location. The DAF preferred alternative is to locate the FMS PTC at Ebbing ANGB.

The DAF has prepared and released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluating implementation of the Proposed Action and Alternative. The Final EIS is available here.

Comments and stakeholder input received within the Draft EIS comment period were considered during the development of the Final EIS. The DAF released the Draft EIS for comment from September 2 through October 17, 2022. During the 45-day review and commenting period, the DAF held two in-person public hearings (one near Ebbing ANGB, AR, and one near Selfridge ANGB, MI) and one virtual public hearing on the Draft EIS. Volume II, Appendix A, Public and Agency Involvement, Section A.1.2, provides details on substantive comments received during the commenting period and public hearings, as well as DAF responses to those comments.

The official notice of availability for the Final EIS will appear in the Federal Register on February 3, 2023. The DAF will document its decision regarding alternative implementation in a Record of Decision (ROD), which would be signed no sooner than March 3, 2023, after the 30-day mandatory Final EIS waiting period as required by 32 CFR § 989.21(a)(2). The DAF will notify the public when the ROD is available as required by 32 CFR § 989.21(b).

For further information, please contact:
FMS PTC EIS Project Manager, AFCEC/CZN
2261 Hughes Avenue, Suite 155
JBSA Lackland, TX 78236-9853