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Dare County Range During the Cold War in 1961 , President John F . Kennedy implemented a search to locate a practice bombing range area for pilots . Constructed in 1965 by the US Navy under the supervision of the USAF , the range was originally leased from the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company until 1974 . The land then went under ownership of the First Colony Farms until acquired by the USAF through condemnation proceedings in 1978 . The DCR was operated by military personnel until 1975 when civil service employees assumed operation of the range . In 1981 , civilian contractors assumed operations and maintenance of the range .
3.4 Installation Setting
Known as the Coastal Plain , Eastern North Carolina contains expansive agricultural lands and offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities . While ideal for farming , the abundance of level , open fields also provides Seymour Johnson AFB and the DCR with airspace and terrain that is necessary for accomplishing the Base ’ s mission . Beyond Seymour Johnson AFB , manufacturing , aerospace , aviation , and agricultural industries also contribute to the robust economies of the local communities . The community surrounding Seymour Johnson AFB offers rich agricultural tourism sites , including numerous local orchards , family‐owned farms , and wineries .
Though the Seymour Johnson AFB installation complex also includes the Fort Fisher Recreation Area in Kure Beach , North Carolina and airspace throughout North Carolina , only those areas within the JLUS Study Area are discussed and evaluated as part of the JLUS .
Seymour Johnson AFB Seymour Johnson AFB is located in Wayne County , on the eastern‐center plain of North Carolina . Located within the City of Goldsboro ’ s corporate limits , the installation comprises approximately 3,243 acres in the
southeastern portion of the city , east of US Rout of US Route 70 .
The Seymour Johnson AFB installation setting is southern portion of the Base is largely dedicated operations and maintenance uses . North of the administrative , community related , industrial an Base housing and medical facilities are located a Base . Open space is scattered throughout all are
Dare County Range The DCR is located on the easternmost coast cen Carolina . The DCR comprises 46,604 acres and is River National Wildlife Refuge between the Allig Pamlico Sounds . This area includes numerous m spaces that allow for specific training operations encroachment . The Dare County Range installat Figure 3‐3 .
Pamlico Sound is located between the Atlantic O Dare County . It is the largest lagoon along the e west linking to Croatan Sound . Croatan Sound is Roanoke Island and connects to the Pamlico and
The DCR is separated into nine sub areas with tw northern portion of the Range comprising appro Navy operations ( through an Inters‐Service Supp USAF ) and 2,279 acres in the southern portion o operations . The remaining acreage is considered and protected by conservation efforts . This area communities located near the DCR .
Background Report
Dare County Range southeastern portion of the city, east of US Route 13 and 117, and just south  of US Route 70.   During the Cold War in 1961, President John F. Kennedy implemented a  search to locate a practice bombing range area for pilots.  Constructed in  1965 by the US Navy under the supervision of the USAF, the range was  originally leased from the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company until 1974.   The land then went under ownership of the First Colony Farms until acquired  by the USAF through condemnation proceedings in 1978.  The DCR was  operated by military personnel until 1975 when civil service employees  assumed operation of the range.  In 1981, civilian contractors assumed  operations and maintenance of the range.   3.4 The Seymour Johnson AFB installation setting is illustrated on Figure 3‐2. The  southern portion of the Base is largely dedicated to the airfield and aircraft  operations and maintenance uses. North of the aircraft facilities are  administrative, community related, industrial and outdoor recreation uses.  Base housing and medical facilities are located at the northeast portion of the  Base. Open space is scattered throughout all areas of the Base.                  Dare County Range The DCR is located on the easternmost coast central to Dare County, North  Carolina. The DCR comprises 46,604 acres and is surrounded by the Alligator  River National Wildlife Refuge between the Alligator River and Croatan and  Pamlico Sounds.  This area includes numerous marshes, forests and open  spaces that allow for specific training operations and protect the Range from  encroachment.  The Dare County Range installation setting is illustrated on  Figure 3‐3.  Installation Setting Known as the Coastal Plain, Eastern North Carolina contains expansive  agricultural lands and offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities. While  ideal for farming, the abundance of level, open fields also provides Seymour  Johnson AFB and the DCR with airspace and terrain that is necessary for  accomplishing the Base’s mission.  Beyond Seymour Johnson AFB,  manufacturing, aerospace, aviation, and agricultural industries also  contribute to the robust economies of the local communities.  The  community surrounding Seymour Johnson AFB offers rich agricultural tourism  sites, including numerous local orchards, family‐owned farms, and wineries.    Pamlico Sound is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Outer Banks of  Dare County.  It is the largest lagoon along the east coast and flows from the  west linking to Croatan Sound.  Croatan Sound is located to the west of  Roanoke Island and connects to the Pamlico and Albemarle Sound.    Though the Seymour Johnson AFB installation complex also includes the Fort  Fisher Recreation Area in Kure Beach, North Carolina and airspace  throughout North Carolina, only those areas within the JLUS Study Area are  discussed and evaluated as part of the JLUS.     The DCR is separated into nine sub areas with two weapon impact areas; the  northern portion of the Range comprising approximately 2,109 acres for  Navy operations (through an Inters‐Service Support Agreement with the  USAF) and 2,279 acres in the southern portion of the Range for Air Force  operations.  The remaining acreage is considered environmentally sensitive  and protected by conservation efforts.  This area acts as a buffer to  communities located near ѡ  H )M嵽ȁ)ͽ)M嵽 )ͽ  ѕ ]幗 չ ѡ ѕɻAѕ ) 9ѣ ɽ 1ѕ ݥѡ ѡ ͉ɿe Ʌї )̳ ѡ хѥ ɥ͕ ɽ᥵ѕ ̰ ɕ ѡ ) ɽչ I + )A ϊ@