Improved range: better training

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston
435th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

***image1***The 569th Combat Arms Training and Maintenance facility was recently revamped and enhanced to meet growing demands for firearms training.

The KMC’s CATM is expected to qualify more than 5,000 deployers and 4,000 KMC personnel in the upcoming year.

“The range has undergone many changes in the past months,” said Tech. Sgt. Richard Solomon, CATM instructor. “These adjustments to the range will ensure our Airmen have the most up-to-date firearms training facility to keep their weapons skills sharp.”

The major construction to the range consists of removing support poles and creating a better view for the line of sight down the entire range. New baffles were also inserted the length of the range, ensuring rounds are stopped after hitting their targets.

In addition, the lighting system was upgraded to include strobe lighting as well as red and blue lights for simulation of different situations Airmen may come across while deployed.

According to Tech. Sgt. Chad Tearne, CATM instructor, the $3.5 million rehabilitation to the range was a great investment.

“With this newly-equipped range, we instructors will be able to better train and qualify Airmen,” he said.

The KMC’s facility has the highest tempo for qualifications within U.S. Air Forces in Europe and nears the one at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, which is the largest and most active range due to all basic military training students transiting it.