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CODEL Press Conference

“Training here to protect your tomorrow”


Maj Jason Johnston
Public Affairs Officer
Overview
- USMC and MCAS Miramar’s Role in National Security
- MCAS Miramar
- Strategic Location
- Mission
- Orientation
- Military Readiness and Safety Impact
- Noise
- Accident Potential Zones
- Ordnance
- Environmental Impact
- Value to the Community
- Economic Impact

Key Point: Federal law prohibits joint use of Miramar.


Airport Authority Proposal
“To provide for San Diego’s long-term air
transportation needs, shall the Airport Authority and
government officials work to obtain approximately
3,000 of the 23,000 acres at MCAS Miramar by 2020
for a commercial airport, provided necessary traffic
and freeway improvements are made, military
readiness is maintained without expense to the
military for modifying or relocating operations, no
local taxes are used on the airport, overall noise
impacts are reduced, and necessary Lindbergh Field
improvements are completed?”

Key Point: Commercial use of MCAS


Miramar will degrade military readiness.
Base Realignment and Closure
(BRAC)
- Solid business model to streamline efficiency of
DoD assets to meet national defense requirements.

- Maximizes training, interoperability and flexibility


for future demands.

- Five consecutive rounds of the Congressional


BRAC process spanning the last 20 years has
validated that Miramar is a vital national security
asset.

- BRAC determined that the USMC will continue to


operate out of Miramar.
Marine Air Ground
Task Force
(MAGTF)

Headquarters Element
Ground Combat Element
Air Combat Element
Service Support Element
Miramar’s Strategic Flexibility
•Individual Training
•Based on experience
•Unit Training
•Based on op tempo
•Combined/Joint Training
•Event driven schedule
•No conflicting priorities
•Civilian vs Military
• Crisis Response
•9/11, Natural Disasters
• Aerial Port of Embarkation
•Security
Miramar’s Strategic Location

•67% of DoD ranges


•Range use is maximized
•82% of all ordnance training
200

Why Miramar?
100 •Close to USMC ranges
•Within range of our aircraft
•Allows unit integration
•Decreases deployments
•Decreases costs
•Maximizes warfighter training
and saves lives
Airport Authority Proposal
“To provide for San Diego’s long-term air
transportation needs, shall the Airport Authority and
government officials work to obtain approximately
3,000 of the 23,000 acres at MCAS Miramar by 2020
for a commercial airport, provided necessary traffic
and freeway improvements are made, military
readiness is maintained without expense to the
military for modifying or relocating operations, no
local taxes are used on the airport, overall noise
impacts are reduced, and necessary Lindbergh Field
improvements are completed?”

Key Point: This implies joint use without


using the term. 3,000 acres to develop an
airport doesn’t exist.
Orientation

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Mira Mesa Scripps Ranch

14,900 Acres
3,500 Acres
805

University 1,400 Acres


City 52
163 Tierrasanta
Kearny Mesa
Airport Authority Proposal
“To provide for San Diego’s long-term air
transportation needs, shall the Airport
Authority and government officials work to
obtain approximately 3,000 of the 23,000
acres at MCAS Miramar by 2020 for a
commercial airport, provided necessary traffic
and freeway improvements are made,
military readiness is maintained without
expense to the military for modifying or
relocating operations, no local taxes are used
on the airport, overall noise impacts are
reduced, and necessary Lindbergh Field
improvements are completed?”
Key Point: Noise is important but safety is a higher
concern for the USMC.
Existing Accident Potential Zone (APZ)

Ordnance
Storage

CALA
Existing Noise Contours
Proposed Accident Potential Zones

Ordnance
Storage

CALA

•Community overflight
•Housing Impacts
•Noise Impacts
•Ordnance overflight
Environmental Impacts
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• 75% of the base remains in natural state !(


• Part of a regional multi-species conservation
• 10 federal endangered or protected species program Surveyed Endangered Species Rare Species Habitats
SEPTEMBER 2004

MCAS MIRAMAR • Unique micro-climate


• 32 types of native vegetation This map should be used as a planning document only. Some
data may be incomplete or inaccurately positioned. Any decisions
WILLOWY MONARDELLA NATIVE GRASSLANDS

Sensitive Resources DEL MAR MANZANITA

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COASTAL SAGE SCRUB

• 56 federal and state native species of concern • Mitigation (3:1 ratio)


Cartographic generalization may cause objects
made or actions taken must be based on proper field verification.
!( CA GNATCATCHER SIGHTINGS
(1994-2001, 2004)
VERNAL POOLS
VERNAL POOL WATERSHEDS (ESTIMATED)

• 80% of all 1vernal pools left in3 San Diego County •


to appear larger than they actually are.
Does not address
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infrastructure relocation outside LEAST BELL'S VIREO SIGHTINGS
(1998-2002)
POSSIBLE WATERS OF THE U.S.
INCLUDING NON-VERNAL POOL WETLANDS
0 0.5 2 4 5
Miles the airport template SURFACE DANGER ZONE
Community Members

San Onofre Emergency


Support

Mentors
Landfill

Organizations
Economic Impact
Property and
Retirees Goods and
Income taxes
Supplies
6000+
delivered to the
households
Base
Visiting Families
and
Relatives COMBINED Direct Federal
ECONOMIC Spending
Spending of IMPACT $500 Million/YR
Income by
Employees and
Contractors Impact Aid to
Schools
Airshow and Fleet
Intangibles Week

7th Largest 2nd Leading 2nd and 3rd Order Puerto Rico
Employer Industry Effects Example

Economic Stability (Insurance) to San Diego County


Bottom Line
• The SecDef and SecNav have said “No” to commercial use
of Miramar because it will reduce military readiness and
create unacceptable safety risks.

• MCAS Miramar is used as an Air Station, not an airport.

• Two decades and five Rounds of BRAC have validated


MCAS Miramar as a national security asset.

• We have been engaged and cooperated with the SDCRAA


throughout their 3-year process.

• Joint use at this magnitude has not been attempted for good
reason – It’s unsafe!
Questions?

“Training here to protect your tomorrow”