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Crystal Military Operating Area

Welcome to the official website for the Environmental Assessment for the Crystal Military Operating Area (MOA). The Texas Air National Guard (TXANG) 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 CRYSTAL MOA?

In support of the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing, the Air Force and the National Guard Bureau (NGB) are proposing to expand, modify and establish training airspace areas over South Texas. 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 TXANG PROPOSING THIS MODIFICATION?

The purpose of the proposed modification of the Crystal 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 TXANG. 

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. 

WHERE IS THE CRYSTAL MOA?

The proposed action includes an addition to military training airspace in areas located over Dimmit and Webb counties in Texas. 

-MOA altitudes would be modified as follows: 

-Crystal MOA is currently over Dimmit and Webb county at 6,000' Mean Sea Level - 17,999' MSL.

-Crystal Low MOA over Dimmit and Webb county at 500' Above Ground Level 5,999' MSL (overlaying the boundary as the current Evers MOA, but with boundary over Dimmit and Webb counties

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 the publication of the Draft EIS; to be complete in the months following the scoping meetings.

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QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
Any questions or comments should be directed to:
usaf.tx.149-fw.mbx.fw-pa@mail.mil
Please include "Crystal MOA" in the subject line.

OR

By U.S. Mail to:
Public Affairs 
107 Hensley Street 
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX 78236

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.