Burr Offers Amendment on OLF to Defense Bill

Amendment Prohibits an Outlying Landing Field in Sandbanks or Hale’s Lake, NC

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) offered an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill currently under consideration in the Senate. The amendment would prohibit the establishment of an outlying landing field (OLF) in Sandbanks or Hale's Lake, North Carolina for Oceana Naval Air Station.

"It has always been my hope that the Navy and the State of North Carolina would find a location for an OLF that was acceptable to both the military and the local community," said Senator Burr. "However, it is clear that North Carolinians are opposed to the proposed sites, and I am disappointed with the Navy's efforts to work with the communities involved."

The outlying landing field sites being considered in Sandbanks and Hale's Lake would support field carrier landing practice for naval aircraft operating out of Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia. The jet-training field would have a negative impact on the surrounding communities' economy, farmlands, and local wetlands and wildlife in the area.

"This lengthy process has been difficult on many North Carolinians. It is crucial the Navy listen to the local community when considering these sites," Senator Burr added.