July 27, 2012

Range Department Area R Access Training at China Lake

The 5.0 Range Department will continue its training and screening program in 2012 for all personnel who require access to remote downrange or “R” areas in the North or South Land Ranges at China Lake.

This training program, with the establishment of the new badge “R” letter, was implemented mid-year 2010.  Many China Lakers have taken the combined “Safety, Security, and Protocol on the Ranges” and “Tortoise Awareness Brief” to qualify for the badge “R” and a radio call sign issued by the Range Department.  You will also be required to take this classroom training when renewing your NAWS badge with an “R” access letter.  No annual refresher is required.

Monthly training sessions will be offered as follows:

Day: First Tuesday of every month.

Time:  8 to 9:30 a.m.

Place:  NAWS Conference Center, Building 00874, Coso Room.

The base biologist usually does the “Tortoise Awareness Brief” first, followed by the Range Department “Safety, Security, and Protocol on the Ranges” Brief.  If you attend please plan to stay for both sessions (training usually lasts about one hour and ten minutes).

Please note:  Attendance of this training does not automatically authorize you “R” area access.  This is a separate process requiring your supervisor to submit the NAWS Badge Request form 5530/1 to NAWS Security Department at China Lake to have the “R” added to your badge for access.  The approval process requires you to be screened by your supervisor and Range Department personnel to verify you have the need for regular and frequent access to “R” areas.  You may be denied the “R” if you do not prove regular and frequent access to “R” areas is required for your job duties.

You can access “R” areas with an escort who has the “R” badge letter or with a SAAP “R”.  Any traveler without an escort in the “R” areas must have the above training, a radio call sign, and carry an LMR radio.

Training coordinator is Dan McClung, of the Range Safety Branch, Code 52120MD.  Mr. McClung can be reached at (760) 939-9162 ordan.mcclung@navy.mil .  Alternate training coordinator is Richard C. Moore at (760) 939-6194 or richard.c.moore3@navy.mil.

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