Kansas National Guard unveils live range facility near Salina

SALINA, Kan. (KWCH) After eight years of waiting, the Kansas National Guard in Salina has a new live range facility.

The $6.6 million live fire range is located southwest of town and provides guardsmen with more training space.

With the sound of a gunshot, Major General Tafenelli officially opened the live range on Friday.

Added to the range are two new firing rows and four target ranges. The updates meet the Army's training requirements.

Tafanelli says this range isn't just for guardsmen but also for law enforcement agencies.

"It really underscores that its a total team effort not just the Kansas National Guard or individuals from Fort Riley but it really is our local state officials that come and are able to utilize this modern facility," said Tafanelli.

The range also helps soldiers identify the targets in different weather conditions and time of day.