HomeNewsArticle Display

Ground breaking ceremony for the Small Arms Range

Dignitaries and VIPs gather for a ground breaking ceremony for the Small Arms  Range slated to be built at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Left to right: Mr William Ross, Niagara County Legislator., Mr Robert Burke Contractor, LtCol Michael Clancy-Army Corp of Engineers, Mr. Vince Sandonato,Representing Mark Grisanti, Capt James Birk, Buffalo MEPS, Col. Mark Murphy, 914th Airlift Wing, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Col. Jim McCready, 107th Airlift Wing Commander,  Major. Gen. James Kwiatkowski, New York Air Natioanl Guard Commander, Melissa Fratello, Representing Senator Gilliband, Mr. Walt Koch, Representing Brain Higgins, LtCol Gregory Ottoman, HQ AFRC/A7P, Mr. Merrell Lane, President, Niagara Military Affairs Council.(Air Force photo/SMSgt Ray Lloyd)

Dignitaries and VIPs gather for a ground breaking ceremony for the Small Arms Range slated to be built at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Left to right: Mr William Ross, Niagara County Legislator., Mr Robert Burke Contractor, LtCol Michael Clancy-Army Corp of Engineers, Mr. Vince Sandonato,Representing Mark Grisanti, Capt James Birk, Buffalo MEPS, Col. Mark Murphy, 914th Airlift Wing Commander , Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Col. Jim McCready, 107th Airlift Wing Commander, Major. Gen. James Kwiatkowski, New York Air Natioanl Guard Commander, Melissa Fratello, Representing Senator Gilliband, Mr. Walt Koch, Representing Brain Higgins, LtCol Gregory Ottoman, HQ AFRC/A7P, Mr. Merrell Lane, President, Niagara Military Affairs Council.(Air Force photo/SMSgt Ray Lloyd)

Niagara Falls, NY -- In a ceremony held here March 22, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Niagara County Legislator William Ross, 914th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Mark Murphy, 107th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Jim McCready, and others stuck shovels into earth, kicking off construction for the 28,300 square foot, fully enclosed facility.
Estimated to be completed in early 2012, the range will have 21 firing lanes, enabling the United States military, Department of Defense, federal and local law enforcement personnel to conduct weapons training in a state-of-the-art environment year-round, saving thousands of dollars in range fees and manpower requirements.