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Evers Military Operating Area (MOA)

Welcome to the official website for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Evers Military Operating Area (MOA). The District of Columbia Air National Guard (DCANG) made this website to:

-Notify the public about our intent
-Share information with the public about the proposed action and alternatives
-Enable the public to submit comments about the proposal 

What is the Evers MOA?

In support of the District of Columbia Air National Guard's 113th Wing, the Air Force and the National Guard Bureau (NGB) are proposing to expand, modify and establish air-to-air training airspace areas over northern Virginia and West Virginia. The proposed action would involve airspace only and does not include any project components that would touch or otherwise directly affect the ground or water surface.

Why is the DCANG proposing this modification?

The purpose of the proposed modification of the Evers Military Operating Area (MOA) is to provide property-configured and located military airspace, which will provide efficient, realistic mission-oriented training with adequate size, and within reasonably close proximity, to support advanced 21st century air-to-air tactical fighters and evolving training requirements of the DCANG.

Several factors that have driven the proposed action include travel distance and time required to access existing training airspace area, the availability and scheduling of current configuration and vertical limits in order to effectively meet the needs of the evolving missions and technological advancements of the F-16.

Public Involvement

Public involvement is of primary importance in complying with NEPA, which requires full and honest disclosure of potential environmental impacts to the public. The Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP) provides multiple opportunities for public involvement. The public has an important role in providing input during this process to help the National Guard Bureau make more informed decisions about implementing this proposal. Your comments and input will help to shape the environmental analyses that will be prepared in the Draft EIS. Although NGB will continue to take comments throughout the entire EIAP, a secondary opportunity for public comment will occur following publication of the Draft EIS; to be complete in the months following the scoping meetings.

Project Documents

- Evers MOA Notice of Intent
- Evers MOA Airspace Maps
- DCANG Aircraft Noise Brochure
- Evers MOA frequesntly Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is the Evers MOA?

The proposed action includes modification and addition to military training airspace in four areas located over northern Virginia and West Virginia. 

Expand the lateral footprint of the Evers MOA as it currently exists from XXX to XXX

-MOA altitudes would be modified as follows:

-Evers MOA North, Center and South over northern Virginia- 11,000- 17,999 MSL.

-Evers Low MOA- 1,000' AGL- 11,000 MSL (overlaying the same East/ West boundary as the current Evers MOA, but with reduced North/ South boundary over the city of XXX and XXX.) This modification further proposes the creation of the Diesel North, Center and South Air Traffic Control Assigned Area FL180- FL230 MSL (overlaying the same lateral boundaries as the Evers North, Central and South MOA).

NEPA

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is our national charter for making informed decisions based upon potential environmental consequences. NEPA requires all federal agencies to take a good-faith, hard look at potential environmental consequences of a proposal before making a decision.

Announcements

- Posted on November 10, 2018 Notice of Intent

Questions or comments?

Any questions or comments should be directed to:
usaf.113.ngb-a7.mbx.a7a-nepa-comments@mail.mil. Please include "Evers MOA" in the subject line.

OR

By U.S. Mail to:

Kevin Marek, NGB/A7AM
Sheppard Hall 
3501 Fetchet Avenue
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762-5157

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