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Highland County Local Government Structure
Military Airspace in Highland County
All armed forces service branches currently use the airspace above Highland County for training missions.
The military operations area is controlled by the Air Force at Langley Air Force Base and is designated as the Evers MOA.
Military Training Routes (MTR) currently cross the western portion of the county with authority to fly as low as 2000’ AGL; however, they frequently fly as low as 300’ AGL.
...After more than 140 sorties and 330 released weapons, B-2 Spirit aircraft, pilots, maintainers and support staff from the 509th Bomb Wing started returning home from Andersen AFB at the end of August 2006.
Aircraft and personnel from the 393rd and 13th Bomb Squadrons and 509th Maintenance Group at Whiteman AFB were deployed to Andersen as part of Operation "Ocean Fury", the objective of which was to promote regional security and preserve regional stability while providing U.S. Pacific Command with a continuous bomber presence in the region.
Airmen from the two bomb squadrons each completed approximately two months at Andersen so each squadron had the opportunity to fly training sorties here. The B-2 maintainers and other support personnel, such as life support and communications, fulfilled a four-month deployment.
On September 9th 2006 B-2 93-1087 visited Lambert Air National Guard Base at St. Louis, Missouri. It gave the Missouri Guardsmen from the 131st Fighter Wing an opportunity to see the aircraft up close before the Missouri ANG and active duty units pair up as a B-2 unit at Whiteman AFB.
On September 10th 2006 a B-2 flew over Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., just before before the New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills football game.
Four B-2s from the 393rd Bomb Squadron arrived at Andersen AFB, Guam, on October 7th 2007 to maintain the continuous USAF bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Col. Garrett Harencak, 509th Bomb Wing commander, completed his first B-2 sortie in the "Spirit of Texas" on November 9th 2007. The five and half hour training mission started in Palmdale, Calif., and went over Las Vegas, Nev., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and the Air Force Academy, Colo., and consisted of an air refueling and two "touch and go" landings before coming to a halt in front of Whiteman Base Operations.
On December 18th 2007 two B-2s took off from Andersen AFB on an exercise to hit a target in Alaska when one bomber was diverted to a global power sortie. It was re-tasked to Hawaii and was sent new target information to facilitate coordinated weapons releases with ground parties at Pohakuloa Training Range. Both bombers later hit their intended targets nearly simultaneously.
Also on December 18th, a team of weapons specialists loaded a mockup of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) into the bomb bay of a simulated B-2 at Whiteman AFB. The MOP is approximately 20.5 feet long, with a 31.5-inch diameter and a total weight of slightly less than 30,000lb (13.6 tons). The weapon will carry over 5,300lb (2.4 tons) of explosive material and will deliver more than 10 times the explosive power of its predecessor, the BLU-109. It is designed to penetrate up to 200 feet underground before exploding. The B-2 will be able to carry two MOPs, one in each weapons bay.
On January 17th 2008 B-2s from the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron deployed to Guam took off from Andersen AFB to fly a "Polar Lightning" global power mission to Alaska. Since deploying to Andersen on October 5th 2007, the 393rd EBS has successfully completed two "Polar Lightning" sorties as well as five additional global power missions...