9 Investigates: Impact Of Growing Wind Industry On The Air Force

Top brass at Sheppard Air Force Base, home to what they say is the premier jet fighter pilot training program in the country, look north into Oklahoma and have one request for companies developing new wind farms: “Just work with us.”The plea comes as the wind industry has taken off in Oklahoma — now number two in the nation in wind energy generation — and, as a result, has begun to encroach on valuable airspace.

“It’s not just windfarms, it’s towers, too — anything vertical development,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Gaona, Director of the 80th Flying Training Wing’s Mission Sustainment Cell.