(Current as of June 2012) The Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), formerly the 98th Range Wing, provides the warfighter a flexible, realistic and multi-dimensional battle-space to conduct testing, training and tactics development in support of U.S. national interests. The NTTR also provides instrumentation and target maintenance support for Green Flag-West at the National Training Center and Leach Lake Tactics Range (LLTR).
The NTTR supports the Department of Defense advanced composite force training, tactics development, and electronic combat testing as well as DOD and Department of Energy testing, research, and development. The NTTR hosts numerous Red Flag and U.S. Air Force Weapons School exercises each year, as well as various test and tactics development missions.
The NTTR coordinates operational and support matters with major commands, other services, DOE and Department of Interior, as well as other federal, state, and local government agencies. The NTTR acts as the single point of contact for range customers.
History: The 98th Range Wing was activated at Nellis AFB, Nev., on Oct. 29, 2001. The history of the 98th Range Wing can be traced to the 98th Bombardment Wing formed on Oct. 24, 1947. Further re-designations followed, including the 98th Strategic Aerospace Wing on Feb. 1, 1964, and later the 98th Strategic Wing on June 25, 1966. The 98th Strategic Wing was inactivated on Dec. 31, 1976. The 98th Range Wing was re-designated the Nevada Test and Training Range on June 21, 2011.
Background: The NTTR is the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the free world. The range occupies 2.9 million acres of land, 5,000 square miles of airspace which is restricted from civilian air traffic over-flight and another 7,000 square miles of Military Operating Area, or MOA, which is shared with civilian aircraft. The 12,000-square-nautical mile range provides a realistic arena for operational testing and training aircrews to improve combat readiness. A wide variety of live munitions can be employed on targets on the range.
The NTTR organization is composed of eight directorates: Director of Operations, Mission Support, Program Management, Plans and Programs, Financial Management, Safety, Range Support, and Security.
Director of Operations: The mission of the Operations Directorate is to provide day-to-day direction and control of the geographical NTTR. The Director of Operations oversees two divisions, Current Operations and Weapons. The Range Operations Officer is appointed in the DO office. The directorate supports Air Force, Joint, and multi-national test and training activities by operating the NTTR and supporting LLTR. The directorate prioritizes all activities and schedules range users while providing ground control intercept operations, flight following safety deconfliction, simulated threat command and control operations, and range access control. It assists customers and coordinates support activities including airspace issues with military and federal agencies.
Mission Support: The Mission Support Directorate is responsible for providing range maintenance on the NTTR and base operating support at three geographically separated Operations and Maintenance compounds, including Point Bravo Electronic Combat Range, Tolicha Peak Electronic Combat Range, Tonopah Electronic Combat Range and four remote communication sites. The directorate provides the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron with small arms range support on NTTR’s southern ranges, as well as at the main training compound at Range 63C, known as Silver Flag Alpha. In support to other units, Mission Support Directorate provides limited Base Operations Support oversight at Creech AFB and Tonopah Test Range Airfield under memorandums of agreements. The directorate also supports the 549th and 12th Combat Training Squadrons (which conduct Green Flag-West) at LLTR.
Financial Management Directorate: The Financial Management Directorate manages and executes the NTTR budget. They are responsible for performing detailed financial analysis to support future year budget projections, execution plan and Program Objective Memorandum inputs, and determines unfunded requirements. They monitor and collect reimbursements for Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB) activities from customers and Base Operations Support reimbursements from support agreements. The directorate manages range rate development for MRTFB facilities.
Safety Directorate: The Safety Directorate is responsible for managing the commander’s safety and mishap reporting programs. They prepare unit OPREP reports for safety. The safety department is organized into functional areas under the direction of the Chief of Safety, to include ground safety, weapons safety and range safety.
Program Management Directorate: The Program Management Directorate is tasked to acquire and manage contract support of range operations, maintenance, instrumentation, communications, and computer systems services. It directs contract changes and evaluates contractor performance.
Plans and Programs Directorate: The Plans and Programs Directorate focuses on range requirements, long-term strategic planning and environmental management. It advocates for long-term range requirements to higher headquarters. This directorate is responsible for interaction of new systems being developed and implemented into the NTTR. In addition, the directorate oversees environmental management, agreements, land use, and range environmental contractors on the NTTR and Leach Lake Training Range, and is the liaison to the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of the Interior, and other state and federal agencies.
Range Support Directorate: The mission of the Range Support Directorate is to provide day-to-day communications, electronic combat and instrumentation of the geographical NTTR and LTTR. The directorate oversees three divisions: communications/computer services, operations and maintenance, and engineering. The mission of the directorate is to provide technical support of Air Force, joint and multi-national aircrew training missions on the NTTR. The directorate is responsible for technical support including communications, computers, local area network connectivity, software development, project management oversight, and range technical support contractors. The directorate supports all electronic combat activities while providing ground control intercept operations, simulated threat command and control operations, and the range’s simulated Integrated Air Defense System.
Security Directorate: The security directorate is responsible for all facets of security program management. This includes information, personnel, industrial, and resource protection security programs. Additionally, the Program Security Office ensures all visitors to the NTTR meet security requirements, and provides security oversight for classified and special access requirements on the NTTR.