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NEWS | Dec. 9, 2014

JB Charleston kicks off encroachment management project efforts

By 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Joint Base Charleston will kick off the development of an Installation Complex Encroachment Management Action Plan Dec. 19, 2014, with a workshop and installation personnel interviews. These activities will provide a greater understanding of the mission and operational requirements as well as insights into the shared interests with the surrounding community.

ICEMAPs are being completed at JB Charleston and 16 other Air Force installations in Fiscal Year 15 as part of the Air Force Encroachment Management Program, established by Air Force Instruction (AFI) 90-2001, signed Sep. 3, 2014. The program continues to develop policy, guidance and tools to help Air Force major commands and installations address internal and external encroachment and sustainment challenges.

The JB Charleston ICEMAP will examine the following challenge areas: airspace and land restrictions, airborne noise, urban growth, spectrum encroachment, endangered species and critical habitat, air, water, cultural resources, unexploded ordnance and munitions, marine resources, energy compatibility and availability, security/safety, and natural factors and climate effects.

Marstel-Day, LLC is assisting Headquarters Air Force, Air Mobility Command, and JB Charleston in the development of the ICEMAP. The firm is highly regarded for their expertise in assisting military installations with innovative solutions to navigate complex issues regarding sustainability, land use, real property, conservation, and the environment.

The key focus of the ICEMAP process is managing encroachment, described as the impact of a stakeholder's actions on current and future military activities as well as the impact of the military's actions on stakeholders. In addition, encroachment impacts from natural factors and climate effects are considered in the analyses.

"The Joint Base Charleston ICEMAP will consider a holistic view of the installation's operating areas and requirements, including the Air Base, the Weapons Station and North Auxillary Field," said Col. Jeffrey DeVore, Joint Base Charleston commander. "This broad scope will support our continued commitment to the sustainability of Joint Base Charleston and the surrounding communities."

A consultant team from Marstel-Day, LLC will visit JB Charleston Dec. 15 to 19 to conduct the workshop and installation personnel interviews. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the AF Encroachment Management Program, and how installation personnel will be involved in developing and executing the ICEMAP. Interviews will facilitate the collection of encroachment related information necessary for the development of the JB Charleston ICEMAP, which is slated for completion in August 2015.