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NEWS | July 12, 2022

Utah Guard Opens Special Operations Live-Fire Shoot House

By Ileen Kennedy, Utah National Guard

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah  – The Utah National Guard held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Special Operations Forces Live-Fire Shoot House at Camp Williams July 11.

As part of the ceremony, Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) performed a demonstration of advanced urban combat. 

The shoot house will primarily support U.S. Army Special Operations Forces in initial and advanced training related to close-quarter battle and urban combat scenarios. It will also support Utah Army National Guard Soldiers and law enforcement agencies training on advanced marksmanship, close-quarter battle and urban movement techniques. 

The facility will give Soldiers a premier facility to improve and hone combat techniques, allowing them to fight and win in any environment.

“This live-fire shoot house facility represents years of hard work from many people and organizations and will be a game-changer in the quality and type of training that Soldiers receive,”  said Capt. Kami Muramoto, range operations officer.

Planning for the $11.4 million-dollar facility started in 2015, and construction began in 2018. 

Only four Army bases in the United States have such a state-of-the-art facility, and it is the only one on a National Guard base.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was involved in every stage of planning and construction of the multi-story facility, using materials to withstand live ammunition firing in the rooms. Units and organizations can also perform advanced marksmanship training in the training areas immediately surrounding the shoot house.