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Warren Grove Range
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Warren Grove Range
Warren Grove Range's mission statement is “To provide the best training environment for todays warfighters while supporting community, state and federal interests."
Originally developed as an active duty WW2 weapons research station, Warren Grove Range has been part of the New Jersey Air National Guard for nearly 60 years. The mission of the range is to provide a quality combat training environment for all military air and ground combat forces. With 9,400 acres of land and 60 square miles of airspace, Warren Grove Range is one of the most-utilized Guard ranges in the United States.
Annually, approximately 1,000 sorties from fighter and helicopter users throughout the northeastern United States practice weapons delivery day and night at the range. Typical users seen at the range include the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16C/D Fighting Falcon, and F/A-18 Hornet fighters, AH-1 Super Cobra, UH-1 Venom, CH-53 Super Stallion, and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, as well as C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft.
No Incendiary Munitions (flares, tracers) are used at the range, only inert practice munitions that are non-explosive.
Joint exercises involving air and ground troops occur every year. Regularly, Tactical Air Control Party Airmen, U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Marine Reserve, New Jersey Army National Guard drone operators, as well as Federal Aviation Administration research and development testing, New Jersey Forest Fire Service training, and EOD range clearance round out an active training and community service year. At the same time, a vigorous environmental care program is executed. Reforestation, university and governmental research, and responsible daily environmental management have made Warren Grove Range the subject of scholarly periodical articles, a Pinelands Agreement for range management, and a primary focus in a National Guard Bureau Natural Resources Protection campaign.
Range Capabilities include:
• Certified Laser Range
• Certified Aerial Gunnery Range (Army)
• LGBs, Full Scale Heavy Weight munitions
• Laser Detection, Infrared Markers
• Camera & Computer aided weapons scoring
• Night target lighting
• Day & Night Weapons Delivery
• Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)
• Close Air Support (CAS)
• Drop zone certified; cargo and personnel
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