Monday, April 07, 2014

Brownwood, Texas: Military returning Tuesday to Brownwood’s Depot to discuss upcoming flight training events

This Tuesday at 6 p.m. the military is returning to the Depot Civic and Cultural Center in Brownwood to hold a public meeting to discuss their upcoming flight training events.

Army, Air Force and Navy officers conducted a public outreach meeting at the Depot last June following several calls from local residents about sonic booms caused by military jets. About 60 area residents attended June’s meeting.

The Air Force is about to ramp up its flight training again in the Brownwood and Brady joint use Military Operating Areas (MOA). Air Force aircraft from Kelly Field, San Antonio, Randolph Air Force Base and Fort Worth conduct training evolutions in both MOA’s. The Marine Corps F/A-18 squadron from Fort Worth trains in the Brownwood MOA on occasion as well.

The overhead airspace encompassing Dublin to the north, south to Valley Spring, west to Paint Rock and north again to just above Novice has been identified as a Military Operating Area for military aircraft training for several years dating back to the mid-1970’s.

Tuesday night’s meeting is an opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the aircraft training that occurs over Brownwood and neighboring counties.

The City of Brownwood is graciously hosting this open meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Depot, located at 600 East Depot Street.