2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 10:45:58 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ENCROACHMENT: Naval Air Facility El Centro (CA)
Training ranges are critical

Imperial Valley Press (CA)
April 29, 2010

Navy presence and naval aviation have been an integral part of El Centro and the Valley since the early days of World War II, beginning not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Our history runs deep and strong. We live here, train here and raise our families here because of this installation.

We belong here and are extremely proud to be a part of this great community.

A proposal has been made to place 1,475 recreational vehicle and resort residential units on a 1,100-acre site located adjacent to our operational training range and within restricted airspace that is designed to ensure the safety of the general public and those who use the ranges. This action could lead to additional encroachment in the future and impact our ability to conduct vital training needed to ensure our sailors, Marines, soldiers and airmen are prepared to defend America’s interests.

As the commander of Navy Region Southwest, I am responsible for Naval Air Facility El Centro and the other Navy installations in the Southwestern six states. Navy Region Southwest’s bases and training ranges allow ships to sail, aircraft to fly and realistic training to be conducted in order to respond quickly anywhere in the world.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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