Department of Defense operations have a significant impact on rural Otero County. We have one of only supersonic flight corridors over homes in the USA. This corridor is also one of the lowest (closest to the ground) in the USA. It was originally justified for the F-22 aircraft but now that the F-22 is moving the USAF continues to claim the sonic boom corridor. In addion to sonic booms we have German Air Force trainees fly at 500 feet above the ground and 575 mph over area ranches (and “buzzing” homes). Also in the mix are foreign pilots from various countries practicing bombing and missile use. Air to air refueling for several groups. Drones on “training”. Drones on missions. Laser targeting. Etc.
The list goes on.
Every year or so the USAF/DoD encroaches more on rural residents. In 2007 it was the sonic boom corridor. In 2011 it was the F-35 and Drones. In 2013 it is a massive zoning regulation (called “Joint Land Use Survey”).
Rural residents are at the mercy of the powerful DoD.
To the left find menus for some of DoD activity areas. If you have damage from DoD activities look under “Claims”. (Ed) Good luck, claim pay outs are very low!