Owl Ridge staff managed the preparation of an EIS ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to evaluate a range of locations for the SBCT other than Hawaii. The alternatives included stationing the SBCT at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Richardson, Alaska; Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Carson, Colorado; and Fort Knox, Kentucky (Fort Lewis and Fort Knox were ultimately dropped from consideration because of irreconcilable issues). The effort required an extensive public participation process, including 15 scoping meetings held in five states over 2.5 weeks. The document essentially contained three EISs because the installations evaluated in detail were located in completely different environments (tropical, arctic, and semi-desert).
Based on the analysis documented in the EIS, the Court accepted the EIS and the Army senior leadership decided to permanently station the 2/25th SBCT in Hawaii.