by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz
154th Wing Public Affairs
8/10/2015 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The Hawaii Air National Guard debuted its new indoor live-fire shooting range in a ceremony here Aug. 8.
The new 6000 square foot unit located on the grounds of the Hawaii Air
National Guard gives the HIANG a capability it's never had before; the
ability to qualify and train its Airmen in small arms fire and prepare
them for deployments in-house.
"Small arms qualifications was conducted at the only USAF firing range
on the island, which happens to be located approximately twenty miles
away on Schofield Barracks" said Maj. Dane Minami, 154th Security
Forces Squadron Commander. "The HIANG had to compete for scheduling of
the firing range with both the Active Duty and the Reserves and because
we did not own the range, we normally had low priority."
According to Minami, in addition to improving readiness capability,
benefits include cost savings due to the reduction in the resources and
manpower previously needed to coordinate, schedule and transport airmen
to an off-site firing range.
"For a traditional Guardsman, time during drill weekends is a precious
commodity. Having an indoor firing range right here in our own backyard
saves time, money, and gas for our unit members and all Hawaii Air
National Guard personnel with weapons qualification requirements" said
Minami. "The ability to schedule live-firing at any time of the day and
night or week, will allow us to more effectively support the entire
organization with short notice deployment and annual qualification
The Modular Containerized Small Arms Training Sets as its name implies,
utilizes a prefabricated and modular design concept. Prefabrication of
the units was done by a company in Nevada and then shipped to the Hawaii
Air National Guard where it was assembled on an empty asphalt area on
the HIANG's compound. Because of this, many of the pre-construction
costs, such as engineering, architecture, and site prep were minimized.
Its modular design allows it to be disassembled and moved to another
location should the need arise.
The MCSATS has twelve shooting lanes and is fully enclosed with heating,
ventilation, and cooling systems. Everything from target control to
shooting environment is monitored and adjusted from a master control
room. Depending on the training requirements, lighting systems can
simulate low light or night time shooting conditions and an automated
target retrieval system makes feedback to the shooter timely and
The ceremony which included a traditional Hawaiian blessing with Ti
leaves and Hawaiian salt signified the range's first official day of
operation and was the culmination of months of planning and procurement
"The list [of challenges] is long and wide" said retired Brigadier
General Stan Osserman, a former commander of the Hawaii Air National
Guard. "Everything from having to build a standard configuration that
the Guard Bureau and USAF accepted. Then there was the typical case of
Hawaii being so far away from Washington D.C. that we couldn't always
make sure we kept our priority place in line. We nipped that one on my
last trip to D.C. and got the HIANG put back in the right place."
While the firing range's primary use is to train HIANG airmen, there are
plans to eventually make the facility available to other DoD
The facility is the third one of its kind in the Air National Guard; the
Nevada Air National Guard and New York Air National Guard began
operating similar facilities in 2014.