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Sheppard AFB Holds Forum in Frederick

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FREDERICK Okla_ Sheppard Air Force Base hoped to hear from southwest Oklahomans Tuesday night in Frederick. The base conducted what they are calling a 'Joint Land Use Study.'

It's a public forum to discuss safety zones, noise, and dust, among others. As you may know, Sheppard uses a lot of air space in the region for training. Officials say this forum will help them as they plan new missions.

Frederick City Manager Robert Johnston said the information gathered at the forum could mean Sheppard continuing to use the air space or packing up and having to leave. Johnston said he can't imagine not seeing Sheppard pilots in the skies of Frederick and hopes residents come out to express the same sentiment.

If you're ever driving through Frederick, you'll most likely see Sheppard Air Force Base planes flying overhead. Sheppard pilots do touch and go's several times a week at the city's airport.

Johnston said they're a great addition to the city.

"It provides the City of Frederick with some resources we might not otherwise have, such as maintaining the runway and providing the Airport Fire Department and the Remote Supervisory Units," Johnston said.

Johnston said he understands the importance of the Joint Land Use Study.

"We're trying to make sure everything is in order, and if there are issues that need to be resolved, identify them and address them," Johnston said.

He said the biggest complaint people could have with Sheppard flying overhead is air pollution, but he doesn't see that being brought up.

"Most people that live in Frederick very long have become accustomed to the noise that is associated with the military aircraft," Johnston said.

He said with a public forum about a military instillation, though, you can never expect things to run smoothly.

"That's part of the way we do business in America," Johnston said. "People have the right to say what's on their mind and to bring up issues to ask questions."

Sheppard AFB has not commented on what they will do with the information they receive at the forum.

Johnston said it has something to do with BRAC and rather assuming everything is wonderful, military bases are taking time to periodically evaluate themselves.

The forum was held at the Great Plains Technology Center in Frederick Tuesday.


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