Beginning next week, shooting sports facilities at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia will be open to the general public.
At Fort Stewart, paintball facilities along with skeet/trap, archery, and rifle and pistol ranges will be available; at Hunter Army Airfield, paintball facilities will be open. Fort Stewart’s facilities are located just outside the post’s security gates. Hunter’s skeet/trap range, though, is located within its gates.
Civilians who do not have government-issued identification cards already are permitted to use golf courses at the two locations, along with Stewart’s bowling lanes and Club Stewart. The garrison has streamlined the process for civilians to obtain vehicle access passes online, according to a news release.
All of the facilities are operated by the Army’s directorate of family and morale, welfare and recreation. Most of the facilities are inexpensive to use, with the cost no more than $5 per round or per day. Paintball, however, costs $30 per person.
“We would like the civilian community to know that they are welcome to use these facilities, which previously were unavailable to them,” said Susan Chipple, leisure services director for outdoor recreation at Stewart/Hunter. “We are proud of our facilities and try to keep our costs as low as possible.”
Chipple added, “The facilities must be self-sustained and receive no government operating funds, so our community friends and neighbors actually are helping us to serve our soldiers and families when they use these facilities as individuals or groups.”