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NEWS | May 10, 2024

Public Notice: Nebraska Army National Guard proposes to construct aircraft maintenance hangar

By Nebraska Military Department Joint Force Headquarters - Nebraska National Guard

The Nebraska Army National Guard (NEARNG) proposes to construct an Aircraft Maintenance Hangar within the 100-year floodplain of the Lincoln Airport adjacent to the Joint Forces Headquarters located at 2433 NW 24th Street, Lincoln, NE 68524. The building will be mitigated against potential flood events. The exterior walls shall be constructed of flood proof materials. Flood gates will protect building access points. All floodable elements within the building will be elevated two feet above the base flood elevation. The City of Lincoln has approved construction in the floodplain, Permit #: FP240014. In accordance with Executive Order 11988 (Flood Plain Management), the NEARNG is affording the public an opportunity to comment on this project.

The purpose of the project is to address issues with utilizing the current Army Aviation Support Facility 01 (AASF 01) to store and maintain modern rotary wing aircraft. AASF 01 was constructed in 1959 for much smaller Navy airplanes. As a result, helicopters assigned to the aviation units stationed at the Lincoln Airport cannot all be maintained and stored within the AASF 01. Limited space means personnel cannot maintain a safety path around aircraft which routinely results in damage to adjacent aircraft or the building itself. AASF 01 has one large hangar door. Rearranging the aircraft requires the hangar door be entirely open, resulting in very high heating, operation, and life-cycle costs for the facility.

The proposed action will construct a new 12,191 square foot Aircraft Maintenance Hangar specifically designed to accommodate the aircraft assigned to the aviation units. The Hangar will have separate doors and bays for each aircraft. The proposed action will address the aircraft crowding, safety, energy efficiency, and costs associated with utilizing AASF 01.

The NEARNG has considered the following alternatives to constructing in a floodplain: 1) No Action alternative, and 2) Alternate location at Grand Island Regional Airport.
The NEARNG has determined that the No Action alternative does not meet the requirements of the aviation units or support the NEARNG military mission due to the increasing safety concern and cost of using only AASF 01 to store and maintain the assigned aircraft.

The NEARNG evaluated moving the aviation units to the Army Aviation Support Facility 02 (AASF 02) at the Grand Island Regional Airport. However, there is no unused, excess, or additional space available within the AASF 02. Nor is there land available to construct a new facility.

The NEARNG has determined that the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar project is the preferred action and this project will have no significant impact on the floodplain or surrounding environment.

A copy of the Documentation of Compliance with Executive Order 11988 is available for review at the Dan A. Williams Branch Library and Bennet Martin Public Library. Comments concerning this documentation will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this notice. Comments may be sent to the NEARNG Environmental Program Manager:
Joint Forces Headquarters
CFMO Environmental Branch
ATTN: Larry Vrtiska
2433 NW 24th Street
Lincoln, NE 68524-1801
Questions should be directed to Mr. Larry Vrtiska, NEARNG Environmental Program Manager, at 402-309-8460 or

Related Documents:
Hangar Flood Plain Permit Design Package
IDA Packet
Floodplain Development Permit