188th Wing to transfer Razorback Range to Arkansas Army National Guard – News – Times Record – Arkansas News

188th Wing to transfer Razorback Range to Arkansas Army National Guard – News – Times Record – Arkansas News

The Razorback Range, an aircraft bombing and targeting range at Fort Chaffee, is officially being transferred over to the Arkansas Army National Guard on Sept. 30.

Since a change in mission that began in 2014, the 188th Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard has flown remotely piloted aircraft overseas from Ebbing Air National Guard Base.

“The range will still be in place and available for use by aircraft in the Air Force arsenal,” Maj. Will Phillips, state public affairs officer for the Arkansas National Guard, said by phone Wednesday. “It doesn’t mean the range will not be used.”

Known in the military world as a “a conventional non-nuclear scoreable class A air-to-ground gunnery range,” Razorback Range has been operated by 188th at an elevation of 450 feet above sea level in the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center.

The Arkansas Air National Guard members who work at Razorback Range will be given the opportunity to transfer to other positions in the Air National Guard, said Sgt. Chauncey Reed of the 188th Wing.

Razorback Range currently has eight full-time employees and three drill-status Guard members. According to Reed, the Range began operations in 1975 on a 177- acre facility with two targets. By 1992 the facility grew to approximately 1,000 acres with more than 50 targets.

The Arkansas Air National Guard and visiting units had used the range for training exercises regularly until a change in mission that began in 2013. The last A-10 Warthogs flew out of Ebbing in April 2014.

Col. Bobbi Doorebos, 188th Wing commander who oversaw the transition to a remotely piloted…

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