Powder River Training Complex eager to hear concerns of local residents

The Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) town hall meeting that was scheduled to be held in Baker on Nov. 30 was postponed due to inclement weather.

Senator Steve Daines voices his concerns after Scott Robinson, of the Mizpah Creek area, Volborg, Mont., described how low B1-B Lancer jets fly over his livestock, in March 2016 in Baker. Photo by Sherry Vogel

By Sherry Vogel

   The Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) town hall meeting that was scheduled to be held in Baker on Nov. 30 was postponed due to inclement weather.

   Ellsworth Air Force Base officials are in the process of coordinating with Fallon County officials to set up an alternate date. They hope to reschedule a town hall meeting for late January or early February.

   Leaders from the 28th Operations Support Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base have worked with Montana Senator Daines’ staff members to organize this public forum.

   Daines has been sympathetic toward our area residents’ concerns about low flying aircraft flying far below the low-altitude set limitations of use.  Many have expressed concerns that the powerful and vociferous jets are disrupting their calving operations and other agricultural endeavors. Others have questions concerning what altitude the B-1 B Lancers should be flying and why they are flying at night?

   Rachel Allision, Chief of Public Affairs, Ellsworth Air Force Base stated, “This is the first town meeting that has been called in the last couple of years. Leaders from the Operations Support Squadron will review current operation timelines, review past history spanning the last 8-10 years and address issues impacting agriculturel. They will educate the public as to where they can access information about upcoming military flights that are scheduled in their areas. Ellsworth Air Force base is always interested in hearing the public’s comments.”

   The Fallon County Times will publish the upcoming town hall rescheduled meeting date and location in the near future.

      



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