NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON
Welcome to the United States (U.S.) Department of the Navy's website for Naval Air Station Fallon and the modernization of the Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC). This online resource provides information about FRTC modernization, the status of implementation and Navy commitments, and the proceedings of the FRTC Intergovernmental Executive Committee (IEC).
The Navy needed to modernize the FRTC to address significant gaps in its training capabilities, both in the air and on the ground. The size of the Bravo (B) Ranges and the Dixie Valley Training Area severely restricted the extent to which the Navy could use its various weapons systems to train, resulting in aircrews and special operations forces being unable to train in sufficiently realistic conditions. In August 2016, the Navy initiated an Environmental Impact Statement to assess the potential environmental impacts of modernization of the FRTC, and a Record of Decision was signed March 2020. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023, enacted into law on Dec. 23, 2022, approved the Navy’s proposed expansion of land ranges and modernization.
Modernization of the FRTC includes: 1) renewal of the Navy's existing public land withdrawal, 2) land range expansion through the additional withdrawal of public lands and the acquisition of non-federal land, 3) airspace expansion and modifications, and 4) upgrades to range infrastructure. The Navy will not increase the types and levels of already ongoing aviation and ground training as it transitions to utilizing the expanded land areas or the airspace.
Click the image to watch Capt. Evan Morrison, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Fallon, discuss the need for modernization of the Fallon Range Training Complex and provide updates on the Navy’s efforts to meet its commitments as stated in the Record of Decision.
FY23 National Defense Authorization Act signed, enacting FRTC Modernization
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 was enacted into law on December 23, 2022. This act granted the Navy’s proposed expansion and modernization. Read about Project Updates
Navy and DOI Establish Intergovernmental Executive Committee
The Department of the Navy and Department of the Interior (DOI) have been tasked with establishing an Intergovernmental Executive Committee (IEC) for the purpose of exchanging views, information, and recommendations relating to the management of the natural and cultural resources of the current Fallon Ranges and planned modernization. The IEC is designated as a leadership advisory panel of all stakeholders across northern Nevada.
Update on Fallon Range Training Complex Modernization
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 was enacted into law on Jan. 1, 2021. The act extended the withdrawal of public lands currently comprising the Fallon Range Training Complex for 25 years, but did not include the Navy’s proposed expansion and modernization. Read about Project Updates
Record of Decision Commitment Updates
The Navy has been working to meet the commitments made in the Record of Decision and has documented progress made as of Spring 2021.