Ground Breaking for New Camp Perry Indoor Range
On Friday, 14 December, Brigadier General Jack E. Lee, Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters (Ohio), OH ARNG, joined Civilian Marksmanship Program Director Gary Anderson, and COL James Chisman, OH ARNG, Fort Ohio Installations Commander, in a ground breaking ceremony at Camp Perry for a new indoor range and marksmanship training facility. The Civilian Marksmanship Program is partnering with the Ohio National Guard in constructing the facility, which will provide expanded electronic skills training for National Guardsmen and an 80-point air gun range for CMP training and competition programs. Construction is starting this month and is scheduled for completion in June 2008.
Participants in the Camp Perry Joint Use Training Facility groundbreaking were (l. to r.) LTC Ralph Green, ARNG (Ret.), Deputy Post Commander; LTC Barbara Harrington-Clemmons, Installation Commander; Gary Anderson, Director of Civilian Marksmanship, CMP; BG Jack Lee, Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters (Ohio), OH ARNG; Ken Clemmons, Camp Perry Base Engineer and COL Jim Chisman, Fort Ohio Installations Commander.
The new two million dollar Joint Use Training Facility, which has not yet been given a permanent name, will cover a 28,000 square foot area just to the east of Camp Perry’s Petrarca Range. The
south end of the building will house National Guard electronic engagement skills training systems. The
north end of the building will house the air gun range. Shared space in the middle of the building will provide both organizations with classrooms, storage and office space, a foyer and bathrooms. General Lee described the financial and operational partnership between the Ohio National Guard and the CMP as “a win-win for both organizations.”
“This joint-use facility will double the size of the Army National Guard’s Engagement Skills Trainer 2000, a scenario-based weapons training simulator used for initial and sustainment marksmanship training,” Col. James Chisman, Camp Perry Commander, said. “It will go from 12 to 25 lanes and enable us to train twice as many Soldiers at a time.”
“This is a great joint effort,” Chisman said. “Everybody gets more for less and we are excited to be able to continue a partnership with the CMP that provides quality marksmanship training opportunities for Soldiers as well as the civilian community.”
CMP Director Gary Anderson and Brigadier General Jack Lee cut the cake to begin a post groundbreaking reception at CMP Headquarters.
|The image of the future facility located at Camp Perry. The first half will be the National Guard electronic engagement skills training systems and classrooms and the second half will be the 80-point air rifle range with electronic targets.|