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180th Fighter Wing Opens Modular Small Arms Range

Senior Airman Conner Phillips, a munitions systems technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, loads ammunition during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton. Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that will promote safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Senior Airman Conner Phillips, a munitions systems technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, loads ammunition during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton. Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that will promote safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Combat arms training maintenance instructors assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing security forces squadron, Ohio Air National Guard observe as an Airman shoot during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Combat arms training maintenance instructors assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing security forces squadron, Ohio Air National Guard observe as an Airman shoot during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Staff Sgt. Jess Thebeau, munitions systems technician, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, lines her shot up to the target during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Staff Sgt. Jess Thebeau, munitions systems technician, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, lines her shot up to the target during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Tech Sgt. Jasen Jazwiecki, a security forces squadron member and combat arms training maintenance instructor, instructs SrA Conner Phillips, Munitions systems technician, both assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The MSAR is used for weapons qualification providing the ability to conduct individual or mass weapons qualification, on site, in a single day minimizing the need to rent out a different location. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Tech Sgt. Jasen Jazwiecki, a security forces squadron member and combat arms training maintenance instructor, instructs SrA Conner Phillips, Munitions systems technician, both assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The MSAR is used for weapons qualification providing the ability to conduct individual or mass weapons qualification, on site, in a single day minimizing the need to rent out a different location. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, take the first shots after the official opening of the Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, take the first shots after the official opening of the Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, take the first shots after the official opening of the Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, take the first shots after the official opening of the Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Members assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, Ohio Air National Guard, officially open the Modular Small Arms Range during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The MSAR is used for weapons qualification providing the ability to conduct individual or mass weapons qualification, on site, in a single day minimizing the need to rent out a different location. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Members assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, Ohio Air National Guard, officially open the Modular Small Arms Range during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The MSAR is used for weapons qualification providing the ability to conduct individual or mass weapons qualification, on site, in a single day minimizing the need to rent out a different location. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

The 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, held a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening of the Modular Small Arms Range at the Wing in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018.  The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

The 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, held a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening of the Modular Small Arms Range at the Wing in Swanton, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Staff Sgt. Jess Thebeau, munitions systems technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, loads ammunition during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton. Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

Staff Sgt. Jess Thebeau, munitions systems technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, loads ammunition during the first weapons qualification class in the new Modular Small Arms Range in Swanton. Ohio, Nov. 30, 2018. The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, while providing scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and meet readiness requirements. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)

SWANTON, Ohio --

The 180th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron conducted the first weapons qualification in the wing’s new Modular Small Arms Range at the 180FW, Ohio Air National Guard, Nov. 30, 2018, after officially opening.

The facility provides scenario-based shooting situations for personnel to train and qualify annually, allows security to respond to short suspense missions, and Airmen to qualify with a shorter planning lead time.

The high-tech facility is climate-controlled, has high efficiency air handlers, bullet traps and multiple simulation options that promotes safety, so Airmen can better focus on readiness requirements.

“By having a range at home station, 180FW Airmen have the ability to conduct individual weapons qualification in a single day without expending any extra resources for travelling to a location with a range,” said Maj. Diana Sluhan, operations officer assigned to the 180FW Security Forces Squadron. “This is a significant savings in Airmen’s’ time and travel funds. Security can also respond to short suspense missions and get Airmen qualified with a shorter planning lead time, if necessary.”

The range will handle up to 14 shooters per class, and both the classroom portion and range time can be conducted on the same day.

Being able to conduct weapons qualification at home station will save our Airman and the wing time and resources as we work to ensure the 180th Fighter Wing meets the updated individual weapons qualification readiness requirements.

“Having the MSAR will increase the Wing’s readiness, and will sharpen 180th SFS Airmen’s fundamental marksmanship skills,” said Sluhan.

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