WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today passed its National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorized $9.4 million for Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) to help make improvements to its indoor firing range facility.

“Our air men and women deserve the most up-to-date, effective training facility possible to ensure that they are prepared for future missions,” said Brown. “With this funding, YARS will have a state-of-the-art facility that will give those serving our nation the opportunity to test their skills during training.”

The NDAA authorized $9.4.million for YARS to help make improvements to the indoor firing range facility. The range is used to train and test airmen for qualifications with their service weapons for personal protection and ground base defense. The current range is 30 years old and fails to meet current safety requirements. This funding will correct this serious deficiency and improve the training that occurs at YARS.