$7.8 Million in Federal Funds Awarded for YARS Indoor Firing Range
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan, a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped secure federal funding for a local construction firm to build an indoor firing range at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS). Mike Coats Construction Company in Niles, Ohio was awarded the $7,879,715 contract. In 2015, Ryan helped secure $9.4 million for YARS in the 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill to help improve the indoor firing range facility at YARS. This contract is the result of that funding.
“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 Congressman 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.”
"We look forward to building this state-of-the-art range at YARS and the capability it will bring to strengthen our relationships with our community law enforcement partners," said Col. James Dignan, 910th Airlift Wing commander.
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. This funding will correct this serious deficiency and improve the training that occurs at YARS.