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Sherman Army Airfield

The eastern part of Ft. Leavenworth includes a bottomland enclosed by a large meander loop of the Missouri River. Sherman Army Airfield, with a runway 5,905 feet long, is located here along with prairie and forest vegetation.

Sherman Army Airfield, located in the Missouri River floodplain, was inundated by 6 to 10 feet of floodwater during the flood of 1993. In support of the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., WES began an immediate investigation to determine the effects of the flooding on the strength of the pavement facilities and to suggest necessary actions to accommodate the mission aircraft. Three observation wells were installed in the runway to monitor the drainage of the pavement layers. The stiffness of each pavement feature was determined non-destructively by the use of a falling weight deflectometer at approximately 100 test locations on the runway, taxiway and apron. Tests were performed periodically to monitor the increase in pavement stiffness. Test pits were excavated to determine the strength characteristics, moisture content, and density of the base, subbase and subgrade. Once the stiffness of the pavement had stabilized, an analysis of the load-carrying capacity was conducted to determine operational capability. The analysis determined that the strength of the pavement structure improved rapidly after drainage and that full operational capability could be obtained much easier than expected.

The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security is responsible for supervising the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Museum, flight operations at Sherman Army Airfield, and a number of other activities.

In 1994 the Director's Office reported problems with airfield management and airfield base operations manning . Operational Support Airlift Command (OSAC) personnel performed as airfield commander and airfield safety officer. When OSAC was created, all airfield personnel under DPTMSEC were transferred to OSAC. A TRADOC safety inspection had not recognized this arrangement. OSAC was willing to continue the arrangement but was unable/unwilling to continue to perform base operations functions because of personnel shortages and because its mission was to be shortly taken over by the National Guard. The DPTMSEC and the Garrison Commander were trying to resolve this problem and bring airfield management back under the installation. Fort Leavenworth was only authorized two fuel handlers to perform base operations at Sherman Army Airfield. This was seen to be totally inadequate. According to the report, flight dispatcher personnel are also required to properly perform base operations. The DPTMSEC, the DPTMSEC SGM [Sergeant Major] and the Garrison Commander worked to increase personnel, both fuel handlers and flight dispatchers, authorized and required on the TDA [Table of Distribution and Allowances].

Fort Leavenworth is a U.S. Army installation located in Leavenworth, Kansas, where the Army=s Command and General Staff Collage is operated. As part of the recreational activities at Fort Leavenworth, skeet and trap shooting is available for army personnel to utilize. In 1989 a new skeet range was built at Fort Leavenworth, and the old skeet range was abandoned. The old skeet range was located near Sherman Army Airfield at Fort Leavenworth. The old skeet range was operated for over 40 years. As a result of the skeet and trap shooting at the range surface, soil has become contaminated with large amounts of lead shot and lead which is distributed within the soil matrix.



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