Smoky Hill Weapons Range
Located 10 miles west of Salina, Kan., the Smoky Hill Weapons Range is the largest and busiest ANG bombing range in the nation, encompassing 51 square miles, and has more than 100 Tactical targets and an electronic warfare range. The complex provides approximately 36 thousand acres for combined arms training, allowing Active and Reserve component military organizations to train jointly in a realistic environment that combines ground and air assets in operational training in a way that's possible at only a few sites throughout the United States. The Smoky Hill range provides airspace within an FAA sanctioned Military Operational Area, which permits active and reserve units to operate both piloted and unmanned aircraft in training scenarios.
Premobilization Training Assistance
A Premobilization Training Assistance and Evaluation element is the Great Plains Joint Training Center's newest addition and offers valuable predeployment training for Kansas Army National Guard personnel. In the past, most soldiers had to spend three months or more at out-of-state training facilities in preparation for deployments. The PTAE team and the facilities at the GPJTC make it possible for the bulk of that training to be conducted in Kansas, mostly over regular monthly drill weekends and two-week annual training periods. This allows soldiers to spend as much time as possible with their families and still receive the best possible training available to Army personnel in order to complete their mission and return home safely.
The Kansas Regional Training Institute provides a variety of skills training to soldiers of the Army National Guard.
The KSRTI provides Ordnance, Military Occupational Skill, Additional Skill Identifier, Officer Candidate School and Noncommissioned Officer Education System Training for the U.S. Army (Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Active Component) for a nine-state region under The Total Army School System (TASS). Additionally, it provides billeting, training support, weapons ranges, training areas and annual training billeting for Department of Defense (DoD), Kansas National Guard (KSNG), and federal, state, and local government agencies.
284th Air Support
The 284th Air Support Operations Squadron is responsible for advising U.S. Army and Army National Guard commanders on the capabilities and employment of air power, ensure its synchronization ino the ground commander's battle plan and provide terminal attacj control for close air support missions. The 284th ASOS also provides quick response emergency communications to the state headquarters in support of the state emergency action plan.