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Urban warfare training facility opens at old Ravenna Arsenal

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RAVENNA, Ohio - A Live Fire Shoot House has been unveiled at the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, or what was formerly known as the Ravenna Arsenal.

The $2-million facility provides soldiers with a place to train for urban and close quarters warfare

A first-shot ceremony was held by the Ohio Army National Guard and a demonstration showed how the training facility works.

Brig. General John Harris, Jr., Ohio Assistant Adjutant General for the Army, tells 21 WFMJ, "This facility is more than just a live fire shoot house. We can conduct training in a live, virtual and gaming environment to maximize the benefit for our soldiers and our civilian counterparts."

The National Guard has been utilized in war-time now more than ever before, and this new addition to their training regiment lets soldiers get experience in urban and close quarters warfare.

"If our units have to transition and clear a building or go after a sniper, whatever the case maybe, we want them to have the ability to do that," Brig. General Harris says.

The training drills are recorded on videotape so military soldiers and civilian counterparts, including Youngstown Police and the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team, can train, watch and learn.

"The national guard has shown that they're going to allow law enforcement to use the facility. For us this would be fantastic practice exercise for our officers to go through because it does simulate very real-life conditions," says Captain Jason Simon with the Youngstown Police Department.

Those very real-life conditions include adding sound effects, and even changing the configurations of the rooms and scenarios.

The world-class training facility is possible because of $2 million in federal funding secured by Valley Congressman Tim Ryan.

The Ohio Army National Guard hopes this eight-room, state-of-the-art facility will attract other agencies to train here from across the nation.


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