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Tennessee Army National Guard (TNARNG) Range Expansion at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. Environmental Assessment

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Arnold Air Force Base AFB is located in Coffee and Franklin Counties in middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Army National Guard TNARNG occupies the Volunteer Training Site-Tullahoma VTS-T, which covers 7,391 acres on the northwestern side of Arnold AFB. The TNARNG uses the VTS-T on Arnold AFB for training purposes under license with the Air Force. The VTS-T includes a cantonment area and large areas for artillery maneuvers, weapons training, and bivouac. The VTS-T functions as a major training area for combat readiness utilized by the TNARNG and Army Reserve units from Tennessee and active duty Army units. Training conducted on the VTS-T is directed by the National Guard Bureau and includes 26 weekend inactive duty training and annual training events 2-week summer encampment. An annual average of 35,000 man-days one soldier training for one day of troop, tank, and artillery training takes place on the VTS-T. The primary land use of the VTS-T is military training and maneuvers in large expansive areas of unimproved land. The TNARNG proposes to expand upon and modernize existing training range capabilities at the Volunteer Training Site VTS at Arnold AFB. The Proposed Action consists of the development of six training ranges within the existing TNARNG leasehold area on Arnold AFB Figure 1-2 1 an MK-19, 40-millimeter mm Grenade Machine Gun Range 2 a Convoy Commanders Reaction Course CCRC 3 a Primary Combined Arms Collective Training Facility CACTF Range 4 a Secondary CACTF Range 5 an M16 calibration or zero range and 6 a .50 caliber familiarization range. With the exception of the CCRC, all ranges are proposed for development within or adjacent to TNARNG ranges inside the existing TNARNG range complex.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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