Greater than 150 personnel who took half in drafting the LGM-35 Sentinel Programmatic Settlement participated in a historic signing occasion December 16, 2022, which concurrently occurred in 11 completely different areas. The U.S. Air Drive’s mission to interchange the growing older LGM-30G Minuteman III with the LGM-35 Sentinel encompasses greater than 34,000 acres of land, a few of which is on property with each cultural and historic significance. The programmatic settlement, which has been in growth for greater than two years, won’t solely make sure the Air Drive is in compliance with the Nationwide Historic Preservation Act, however has grown relationships with those that place nice worth on this land.

“The Air Drive labored with all events to develop an settlement that balanced the mission’s nationwide safety priorities with the safety of the cultural assets throughout the mission space. This method acknowledged that the lands impacted by the mission are the ancestral lands of indigenous peoples represented by over 63 tribal governments. The settlement is designed to hunt tribal enter on the identification, documentation, analysis and safety of websites and objects of tribal significance by means of all phases and areas of this mission. By means of a spirit of respect and cooperation, all events labored to develop the strongest, only settlement doable,” mentioned Maj. Gen. Michael Lutton, Twentieth Air Drive commander.


“I simply wish to acknowledge that we’re tremendously happy with the hassle that the Air Drive put into growing the session plan and carrying it out to interact in such an necessary quantity and array of stakeholders in that session, and to growing an settlement that very efficiently integrated historic preservation objectives at each stage of the method and of this system. We respect your dedication. This stands as a mannequin for us of how an company can perform such a complete and efficient session on such an necessary program,” mentioned Reid Nelson, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation appearing government director.

Maj. Gen. Michael Lutton, twentieth Air Drive commander, proper, offers remarks because the Air Drive World Strike Command consultant throughout the Sentinel Programmatic Settlement Signing Ceremony with Ray Sumner, U.S. Air Drive Cooperator for the Sentinel Challenge Middle for Environmental Administration of Army Lands, middle, and Chief Grasp Sgt. Rodolfo Gamez Jr., twentieth AF command chief, on his proper Dec. 16, 2022 at F.E. Warren Air Drive Base, Wyoming.(Picture by 1st Lt Emily Seaton/U.S. Air Drive)

This settlement, which offers course of and mitigation measures the Air Drive will comply with on the subject of cultural assets, was signed by the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota; seven State Historic Preservation Officers; the Wyoming Lawyer Basic’s workplace; the Nationwide Park Service Inside Area 6, 7 and eight; and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The Little Shell Tribe of Montana and the Ward County Commissioners additionally signed the Settlement as concurring events. The Air Drive is continuous to work with the remaining 55 tribes, 10 Federal Company regional places of work, 11 state and native governments and companies, and 5 non-governmental organizations which are consulting events and have assisted in growing the doc.

This historic signing occasion wouldn’t have been doable with out vital assist from neighborhood companions and regional stakeholders. Usually, programmatic agreements are merely staffed by means of every signatory and invited signatory after which forwarded to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for signature. Nevertheless, because of the historic stage of cooperation, all signatories met nearly to signal the doc and additional attest to their sturdy relationship and the significance of the settlement to nationwide safety. The flexibility to construct such a doc is basically credited to the mindset of all concerned.

The Sentinel system will substitute the 400 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, which have been in service for greater than 50 years in Air Drive missile fields close to F.E. Warren Air Drive Base, Wyoming; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; and Minot AFB, North Dakota. Some Sentinel upkeep, coaching, storage, testing and assist actions will happen additionally at Hill AFB, Utah; Utah Check and Coaching Vary, Utah; Camp Guernsey, Wyoming; and Camp Navajo, Arizona. A well-designed PA is supposed to seek out the steadiness between the Air Drive building mission and the safety of the cultural assets throughout the mission space. This Sentinel PA does that and has mitigated measures recognized … to uphold that steadiness over the subsequent 20-plus years.