TUCSON -- More than almost anything else, the military helicopter is a symbol of oppression. These loud and invasive craft now fly daily from DMAFB over central Tucson, harming quality of life.
Increased fed and military chopper use started in 2003. Shaking historic neighborhoods near downtown such as Armory Park.
The Santa Rita Park Neighborhood Association made a recent informal agreement with US Dept. of Homeland Security to keep choppers away, and it has worked somewhat.
Look for DHS choppers flying over your head, they have the distinctive yellow stripe down the side.
But DHS is not the only arm of the federal government flying loud choppers, so is the military. Often lower, louder, in formations, and longer hours. Attempts to deal with DMAFB on reducing their impacts on families have not been positive. DM answer men explain they cannot answer anything, or do anything. We are just supposed to assume the rattle of our houses at all hours somehow keeps us safer. Wrong! No one is fooled.
The increase in military helicopters in Tucson is part of what we all get as long as DM is open. But the added harm of having the Bush administration in control is that they do nothing to mitigate impacts to people, and they don't care.