Feb 4, 2011 11:17 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Fort Carson closer to getting aviation brigade

Fort Carson is one step closer to getting a new Combat Aviation Brigade, or CAB. The Army has announced the Mountain Post is a preferred site for the CAB, which would bring 2,700 soldiers and their families and 120 more helicopters to Fort Carson starting in 2013.

"A new aviation brigade would bring new opportunities for job creation and economic development to southern Colorado," says Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado).

"This will help the soldiers at Fort Carson to be better trained and they'll be safer when they go into combat and they'll do a better job defending freedom," says Representative Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado).

Bill Sulzman, an opponent of the aviation brigade, says he doesn't buy the national defense argument.

"Once that's said, it is supposed to be the end of it. With all of these decisions, you have to look at the details. How much does it cost?" asks Sulzman.

Sulzman says he's worried about the noise and environmental impact the helicopters would have.

"A lot of people have been noticing this who are campers, hikers, and who have a concern for wildlife. Helicopters make a lot of noise," says Sulzman.

"What little impact there is in terms of noise, to me, is the price of freedom," say Lamborn.

The Army's final decision on the CAB is expected in 30 days.



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