Environmental Assessment (EA)

MPMG Range Description

Environmental Assessment for the construction and operation of a multipurpose machine gun range at Yakima Training Center

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Yakima Training Center (YTC) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts associated with the construction and operation of a Multipurpose Machine Gun (MPMG) Range at JBLM YTC, Washington. The EA analyzes the potential impacts associated with construction and operation of the range. Soldiers must enter real-life engagements with the best possible assurance of success and survival. The U.S. Army requires Soldiers to be proficient in individual live-fire marksmanship skills with their assigned weapon systems in order for them to conduct operations efficiently in wartime and to be prepared for future global combat operations. The Proposed Action includes the construction and operation of a modern MPMG Range designed to train individual Soldiers in basic machine gun live-fire tasks required to sustain combat proficiency. Construction would consist of re-building an existing range that was previously used for machine gun and other weapons training on JBLM YTC, and would include demolition of existing range components. The primary features of the proposed MPMG Range include 84 stationary infantry targets, 24 moving infantry targets, 20 stationary armor targets, and 10 firing lanes. All targets would be fully automated, and event-specific target scenarios would be computer-driven and scored from the range operations center. The proposed MPMG Range would provide immediate performance feedback to Soldiers training at the range. The Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for this action are now available for public review and comment. These documents and related information can be found at:

http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/publicworks/sites/envir/eia.aspx

U.S. Army Yakima Training Center

IMWE-YTC-PWE

Attn: Margaret Taaffe Building 810

Yakima, WA 98901-9399

Comments must be received by January 18, 2014 to be considered.

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