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Office of Secure Transportation takes aim at infrastructure upgrades with new and improved firearms training facility

November 6, 2018

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The new covered firearms training facility at the Office of Secure Transportation’s Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, training command.
The new covered firearms training facility at the Office of Secure Transportation’s Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, training command.

The fiercely dedicated professionals behind the secure transport of our Nation’s special nuclear materials just got a new and improved, multi-purpose firearms facility for year-round training.

A firing range at the Office of Secure Transportation (OST)’s training command at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, was upgraded and expanded to better train federal agents and agent candidates for their challenging work.
 
OST Assistant Deputy Administrator Vincent Fisher and Arkansas Army National Guard Adjutant General Major Mark Berry attended a “first round down range” ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new 15-position, 25-yard covered range that allows for an all-weather training capability.

Front row: Vincent Fisher, Office of Secure Transportation Assistant Deputy Administrator, left, and Mark Berry, Arkansas Army National Guard Adjutant General Major lead an opening ceremony for the new facility at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
Front row: Vincent Fisher, Office of Secure Transportation Assistant Deputy Administrator, left, and Mark Berry, Arkansas Army National Guard Adjutant General Major lead an opening ceremony for the new training facility at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

“The project was completed to enhance OST’s capability to provide year-round training to incumbent federal agents as well as to conduct initial training to federal agent candidates,” Fisher said. “Range 11 received minor upgrades more than 10 years ago and the condition of the facility required continuous maintenance. This project resulted in the development of a state-of-the-art training facility.”

The facility features a completely resurfaced 20-position, 100-yard range with a new turning target system; a new equipment storage area; illumination for night training; and surface grading to improve drainage and water run-off.