Fort A.P. Hill open house rescheduled for Nov. 30
PRESS RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
DATE: October 27, 2010 Jennifer Erickson, (804) 633-8324/8120
FORT A.P. HILL, Va. – The public is invited to an informal open house, Nov. 30, to discuss details of a proposed small arms range training site for the Asymmetric Warfare Group, one of Fort A.P. Hill’s newest tenant organizations.
The open house will be conducted at the Bowling Green Town Hall on 117 Butler Street between 5 until 8 p.m. Here, the public will have an opportunity to browse various displays and talk with Army and installation representatives about the proposed small arms range.
Fort A.P. Hill planned the open house as a preliminary step prior to the development of an Environmental Assessment for this proposed small arms range. An EA is a tool, conducted under the auspices of the National Environmental Policy Act that helps federal agencies make informed decisions.
While there is no formal public hearing or presentation associated with the open house, interested citizens will have an opportunity, if desired, to offer comments or recommendations they may have about the range’s design or alternatives to the proposed action. Only limited details of any potential environmental impacts will be available at this stage. Early public input, though, may help Army planners evaluate impacts of the proposed action and any alternatives. Additional opportunity for formal public comment on this project also will come during the later review process for the Environmental Assessment.
The AWG assists all military services in confronting and defeating the ever-changing threats associated with battlefields of today. The unit analyzes asymmetric threats and develops tactics, techniques, procedures and products to enhance the effectiveness of the fighting force.
Weaponry and vehicles AWG uses to execute its mission primarily include light-wheeled vehicles such as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle equipped with up to .50 caliber machineguns.
For more on the proposed small arms range concept, please see the fact sheet posted at www.aphill.army.mil/sites/directorates/ea.asp. Media wishing to attend or who would like more information should contact the Public Affairs Office at (804) 633-8324 or 8120.
Here’s a letter from Fort A.P. Hill’s Commander John Haefner:
Here’s a fact sheet from Fort A.P. Hill:
Proposed Training Range Site
U. S. Army Garrison, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia
SUBJECT: Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) Training Range Site at Fort A. P. Hill, VA
PURPOSE: Provide a description of the proposed training range
- The Asymmetric Warfare Group is the Army’s asymmetric warfare expert, predicting, and contributing to the rapid defeat of asymmetric threats. The U. S. Army Garrison, Fort A. P. Hill in Caroline County, Virginia, proposes to construct, operate, and maintain a training range site to support the AWG mission. This proposed site would collocate a 1200-meter firing range, 800-meter firing range, and supporting facilities.
- The proposed training range would be constructed on 675 acres within a current range area south of Route 301, southeast of Carter’s Corner at the southern end of the installation. The training range site would be a controlled access area, as are all the training sites within the southern impact area of Fort A. P. Hill.
- Wheeled vehicles would be used on the proposed training range site and the range would be able to accommodate weaponry up to and including .50 caliber machine guns.
- The proposed site would meet critical live-fire training needs for the AWG units that train on the installation. The purpose of constructing and operating two firing ranges, which would be used by the AWG, is to provide specialized training in weapons qualification and operations designed to augment the full-spectrum training, planning and execution of countermeasures to asymmetric warfare offered at Fort A. P. Hill. This training would be made available to all forces within the U.S. military. The need for the range site is to provide the AWG with full time ranges from which key weapons training tasks can be accomplished. Fort A. P. Hill and the AWG currently have no firing ranges that can provide the effectiveness in training or force preparedness necessary to meet an existing need in multiple simultaneous areas of operation.
The proposed range design would meet pre-established Corps of Engineers Standard Design for a 1200-meter range and a 800-meter range with support facilities. The anticipated average daily number of military personnel expected on site is 24 persons, with a maximum of 40 individuals simultaneously participating in multiple training activities and operations.