VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – Funding has been secured to build an indoor firing range at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, and a Niles company has been awarded the $7.8 million contract to build the range, Congressman Tim Ryan announced Friday.
Ryan, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped secure $9.4 million for YARS in the 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill to help improve its indoor firing range facility.
Mike Coats Construction Company in Niles will build the facility.
“I am proud to be able use my position on this important committee to secure such a large amount of federal funding that will ultimately flow into our local community. The new indoor firing range in Vienna will ensure our Reservists have the best training facilities necessary to remain combat-ready and complete their missions safely,” said Ryan. “Each and every day, the men and women stationed at the air base sacrifice for our safety and it is our job to give them the resources they need to succeed.”
The indoor firing range is used to train and test airmen for qualifications with their service weapons for personal protection and ground base defense. The current range is 30 years old and fails to meet current safety requirements, Ryan said.