About the FRTC

Fallon Range Training Complex History and Distinction

The Fallon Range Training Complex is the Navy’s premier aviation training range. Every Navy carrier air wing trains there prior to deployment.

The Fallon Ranges have served as vital and irreplaceable assets for training naval aviation forces for 75 years. The complex is the Navy’s premier aviation training range. It is used to train deploying air and ground units in a realistic environment and prepare them for overseas operations.

The Fallon Ranges are used extensively by the Navy to conduct mission training in the areas of strike warfare, air combat, electronic warfare, and ground mobility, including live-fire training. The complex is the only location where an entire carrier air wing, consisting of more than 60 aircraft and associated support crews, can work together and train in a realistic environment. In fact, every Navy carrier air wing trains there prior to deployment.

The Fallon Ranges are an ideal training environment due to their location, land area, and military airspace. Their unique characteristics include suitable weather for year-round training and designated airspace for supersonic training. 

The Existing Fallon Range Training Complex

The complex is a training area made up of 12,256 square nautical miles of airspace and approximately 232,000 acres of Navy-managed land. Land includes target areas for both live and inert ordnance release, radio and camera instrumentation and training systems, and electronic warfare training systems. The Fallon Ranges are supported logistically by Naval Air Station Fallon.

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Current Training Activities

At the Fallon Ranges, the Navy trains both naval air and ground forces in all phases of pre-deployment combat training, including basic, intermediate, and advanced training phases, and at the individual, unit, and integrated levels.

The Navy’s primary mission for the Fallon Ranges is to train aviation units that deploy on aircraft carriers worldwide in all mission areas associated with “integrated strike warfare.” The objective of the “integrated” phase is to train aircrews working with individual aircraft types (such as the F/A-18 Hornet, MH-60 Seahawk, E-2 Hawkeye, and EA-18G Growler) to work in combination with other aircrews and aircraft types in situations similar to real-life combat.

A secondary mission for the Fallon Ranges is to train individual aviation units in the intermediate and advanced-level phases of combat. Training is provided through courses called the Advanced Readiness Phase (ARP) of training. Each aircraft type has an ARP course. For example, there is a Strike Fighter ARP for the F/A-18, and a Helicopter ARP for the MH-60 Seahawk.

An additional mission of the Fallon Ranges is to train weapons and tactics instructors in the combat tactics associated with their aircraft type. Upon graduation, the instructors return to their fleet squadrons and teach these tactics and techniques to the rest of the squadron aircrew. The most well-known of these courses is the TOPGUN fighter weapons school.

The Fallon Ranges are also home to a tactical ground mobility course for Naval Special Warfare personnel. The course is an intensive, four-week training course where Navy SEALs learn the limitations of their vehicles, as well as basic maintenance and tactical driving skills. SEALs also take a joint close air support course to become certified as joint terminal attack controllers. Controllers must integrate with aviation units overseas in support of the joint warfare mission called close air support.

Public Safety

Keeping the public and military personnel safe is of utmost importance to the Navy. The Navy uses computer programs and standard operating procedures to ensure training is safe. Safety planning includes:

  • Restricting public access from hazardous ordnance activities (fencing off the bombing ranges)
  • Ensuring target areas are unoccupied prior to ordnance activities; ranges used for these activities would be closed and restricted from public use
  • Conducting routine cleanup of training ranges
  • Working with local communities on compatible land use development

Economic Contributions

In 2015, Naval Air Station Fallon generated more than $517 million in total economic benefit for Churchill, Lyon, and Washoe counties. Economic benefits come from operations, contracts, payroll, and visitor spending.

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