Jacksonville, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will host a community meeting to present the Proposed Plan for the former Brooksville Army Airfield, Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m., located at the Hernando County Airport, 15800 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville, Fla.
During World War II, the military acquired 2,513 acres in Hernando County to establish Brooksville Army Airfield. It served as an auxiliary field to MacDill and Drew Fields for heavy bomber training. Between October 1945 and May 1946, chemical warfare materiel was stored at the site to fill munitions that were tested in other locations. After the war, the military deeded the land to the city of Brooksville who later deeded it to Hernando County. The land is now used for the Hernando County Airport, an industrial park and a prison.
The Corps has conducted a number of investigations to determine if any munitions or chemical warfare materiel remains at the site. Data from these investigations determined additional fieldwork is not necessary as there is no evidence of munitions or chemical warfare materiel remaining at the site. It is concluded that there is no further action required at the site.
The Proposed Plan presents the remedial recommendations and alternatives to address areas of concern. Based on the analysis of the data, the Corps recommends no further action. Representatives from the Corps’ Jacksonville District will be available to explain the Proposed Plan and respond to audience questions.
On behalf of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cleans up sites that were formerly used by the military. The Brooksville Army Airfield is a formerly used defense site that was used by the Army from 1943-46 for testing and munitions storage.
Safety is always the Corps’ top priority. If you think you have found munitions, please follow the “3Rs” of explosives safety: Recognize when you may have encountered munitions, and that munitions are dangerous. Retreat without touching, moving or disturbing the object, noting its location. Report the object to local law enforcement by calling 911.
For more information about the Brooksville Army Airfield, please call toll-free 866-279-4880 or email FUDS.FLORIDA@usace.army.mil.