Sheppard AFB Joint Land Use Study
Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) is located in the City of Wichita Falls in northern Texas and is home to the Air Force’s largest technical training unit (82nd Training Wing) and the world’s only internationally manned and managed flying training program (Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program). The base has four runways, three of which are jointly used by the City of Wichita Falls Regional Airport to support commercial and general aviation activities. Sheppard AFB also has an agreement with the City of Frederick, Oklahoma, to use the Frederick Regional Airport as an auxiliary field for pilot training.
The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) assessed 23 compatibility factors with a special focus on items such as aircraft safety zones and noise, shared airspace, transportation issues relative to proximate development around the base, and the growth of the alternative energy development industry relative to the aircraft operations. Collaboration for this JLUS effort was extensive and included two states, two counties, and six cities as well as local and regional stakeholders. Matrix utilized a public involvement process to help create a set of recommendations to help balance future community and military needs.