Range Operations Duty Descriptions

Officer in Charge (OIC)

As the Officer in Charge of the Wackernheim Range Complex, you have overall responsibility for all aspects of range operations. Your primary duty is to ensure the safe conduct of training exercises. This includes inspecting facilities to ensure they meet safety standards, coordinating the availability of guards, safety personnel, communications equipment, medical support, vehicles, and ammunition. You maintain communication with Range Control, Fire, and Medical personnel to ensure smooth operations. Additionally, you provide safety briefings to all participants and enforce compliance with hearing protection and safety protocols to minimize risk during training activities.

Range Safety Officer (RSO)

As the Range Safety Officer, your main role is to ensure that all safety requirements and regulations are strictly adhered to during range operations. You conduct safety briefings to educate participants on safety procedures and protocols. You supervise and instruct Assistant Safety Officers (ASO) on their duties to ensure consistent enforcement of safety measures. Your responsibilities include verifying that the downrange area is clear and the range flag is properly posted. You also ensure the proper use and accountability of all ammunition. If any safety violations are observed, you have the authority to call for a cease-fire and address the issue. Your role is crucial in maintaining a safe training environment for all personnel.

Radio Transmitter Operator (RTO)

As the Radio Transmitter Operator, your primary responsibility is to handle communications for the range operations. You are responsible for testing, maintaining, and keeping all radios operational at all times. You work closely with maintenance personnel to address any communication equipment issues promptly. Situational awareness is essential, as you monitor all radio traffic and enforce radio discipline to ensure clear and effective communication. You record all incoming and outgoing transmissions for documentation purposes. Additionally, you set up and operate various communication equipment such as radios, telephones, bullhorns, and public address systems. It is crucial to maintain constant and reliable communication with Range Control and medical personnel to facilitate efficient range operations.

Ammunition Point NCO

As the Ammunition Point NCO, your role is to oversee the handling and care of ammunition during range operations. You are responsible for the breakdown, safety, and issuance of all ammunition. You control access to the ammunition point and enforce no smoking orders to prevent any potential hazards. Maintaining sufficient fire extinguishers is essential for safety. You keep a running count of all ammunition issued and returned, ensuring accurate records. Additionally, you ensure that a DA Form 5515 is present and that all tracers have been removed from the ammunition point before firing on the 25-meter ranges. Your attention to detail and strict adherence to safety protocols are crucial for the safe handling and use of ammunition.

Range Detail NCO

As the Range Detail NCO, you play a vital role in supporting range operations. Your primary responsibilities include supervising detailed personnel and ensuring that targets are properly positioned before training exercises. You assist in the distribution of ammunition and perform repairs or replacements of targets as needed to maintain their functionality. Keeping the range area clean and organized is essential, and you ensure that it is well-policed. You monitor the actions of trainees to ensure compliance with range rules and safety procedures. Once training is completed, you participate in the inspection and clearing of the range alongside the Range NCOIC and OIC. Additionally, you carry out any other duties as assigned by the Range NCOIC and OIC to ensure smooth operations.

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