Receives general guidance from the Range Officer, who establishes policy pertaining to overall range operations. Guidance is provided verbally or through brief discussions. Incumbent has responsibility for exercising independent judgment in planning and executing the Range Operations Safety Program, resolving conflicts as they arise, ensuring all training is in accordance with Army Safety regulations and coordinating work with others where necessary. Incumbent is the technical authority with regard to live fire training and associated surface danger zones. Work is reviewed for effectiveness of operation, soundness of approach and decisions, and conformance with DoD, DA, FORSCOM, and III Corps and Fort Hood policies and directives. Effectiveness of performance is measured by analysis of safety incidents, the efficiency and competency of range safety operations and services review of reports and written materials. Participates in the total planning, operation, safety, and supply/support of all Fort Hood Live Fire Training and Maneuver areas. Required to maintain constant communication with Installation Command (IMCOM) Forces Command (FORSCOM) and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) on current and future live fire safety requirements to assure range activities are in compliance with current safety standards. Is involved with all range maintenance, modification and modernization planning and acceptance as the Installation Range Safety representative. Submits specific range waiver requirements for the installation.
1. Serves as subject matter expert in all range and training safety matters to the Chief, Range Operations and the supervisor for the Range Safety Branch. Responsible for establishing, disseminating, maintaining and enforcing the Range Safety Program by utilizing a variety of technical, analytical, advisory, consultative, liaison and coordinating techniques. Produces and reviews risk assessments, unit training plans, shot sheets, in order to create, review and approve all composite surface danger zone fans incorporating all hazards, horizontal and vertical, for all exercises. The majority of hazards are in the high and medium risk category. Activities encompass hundreds of occupations including individual, team and crew training; maneuver activities; wheeled and tracked vehicle operation; new weapon fielding; heavy engineer and construction equipment activities; storage, transportation and use of ammunition, explosives, chemicals, and fuels; firing range operations; unmanned aerial and ground systems; and aviation firing operations. Safety and hazards programs involve coordination with commands and agencies of various sizes within, but not limited to: Department of Army, Forces Command, Army Reserve Command, Training and Doctrine Command, National guard Bureau, Air Force, Navy, Marine, federal, state and local governmental agencies and non-DoD licensed agencies, domestic and foreign, that utilize installation training facilities.
Is the final approval authority for all surface danger zone diagrams. Ensures only approved range scenarios are developed into automated scenarios by the range scenario programmer, and ensures only approved scenarios are provided to range tower operators for execution in support of training events. Develops, modifies and maintains surface danger zones and conflicts for all live fire ranges and training facilities. Reviews unit training plans and advises on modifications when exercise plan does not meet safety requirements in accordance with published Range Safety regulations. Monitors all mission areas, assesses risks and recommends mission supportive risk reduction measures. Monitors, through on-site inspections, unit training activities, weapon systems and ammunition are proper for the facility; and that charges, propellants and fuses are properly employed. Coordinates with Range Scheduling to identify conflicts in scheduling and coordinates measures to de-conflict requested training facility to assist units and maintenance activities. Monitors entire Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS) to ensure all safety related data and conflicts are current. Stops training, if necessary, when a range or safety procedure is violated, and recommends measures to correct safety deficiencies to facilitate the safe continuation of training. In case of accident, injury or safety violation investigates to determine if human error, equipment failure, charge error or procedural error caused or contributed to the problem. Participates in all safety related investigations and crater analysis as required.
Ensures appropriate corrective actions are identified, documented and implemented to prevent similar occurrences. Evaluates all aspects of the Range Safety program to determine the degree of effectiveness and compliance with established requirements and standards. Participates in all surveys and inspections of firing ranges and firing points. Schedules necessary inspections and reviews by on and off post agencies. Provides primary role of uploading, validating, displaying Surface Danger Zone (SDZ) and Weapon Danger Zone (WDZ) onto the Enhanced Graphics Fire Desk (EGFD). Primary duties include building, validating ammunition, uploading and associating SDZ/WDZ’s onto the EGFD current and future range request bookings. Provides daily updates and verification of safety fans with the current operations fire desk personnel. Ensures all SDZ/WDZ’s are configured, labeled appropriately, ammunition cross-referenced between the range booking and unit requirements.
2. Performs the full range of supervisory duties for the Range Safety Branch which includes GS 9, 7, and 6 grade level employees. Plans, directs, and evaluates internal operations and procedures to meet workload demands. Conducts internal personnel administration and management tasks. Develops standard of performance and prepares performance appraisals. Recommends individual training plans for employees, approves leave of subordinates. Serves as subject matter expert in all range safety matters. Prepares, publishes and briefs special range instructions to address unique or unusual safety concerns associated with unit training scenarios or ranges. Responsible for the detailed safety coordination involved in the planning, preparation for and conduct of live fire exercises. Maintains range ammunition utilization and unexploded ordnance data in accordance with Army Regulations. Investigates reported unexploded ordnance discovered in the training complex and makes direct coordination for EOD support as necessary. Prepares and published Special Range Instructions.
Responsible for the detailed safety coordination involved in the planning, preparation for, and conduct of those live fire exercises which most closer approximate combat firing exercises. Advises commanders and Unit Training Officers on current and future policies, objectives, and programs as they pertain to safe range facility operations. Conducts field visits and terrain walks on ranges with Unit representatives to assist in planning training live fire scenarios as necessary. Also involved in consideration for providing optimum training alternatives.
3. Responsible to participate as safety representative/liaison with Corps level staff, Division Commanders, Brigade and below as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers installation DPW Master Planning Branch, contractors and other agencies concerning force modernization and major construction Range Area upgrades, maintenance and modernization projects. This involves determining requirements for improvement, modification, and/or construction of range and training facilities concerned. It embraces, in part, site surveys; preparation of basic design layouts/requirements, and required equipment as well as personnel and maintenance support criteria and cost criteria estimates. Develops policies, procedures, and operational support for environmental protection objectives and authorized use of training complex for recreational use and cattlemen. Develops implementing policy and operational support for access and care of cemetery areas located in the training and maneuver area. Responsible for coordination of EOD for all range clearance (dedudding) operations. Ensures Reports incidents and accidents occurring on ranges to the Senior Commander in accordance with published Serious Incident Report (SIR) requirements. Writes, staffs, and upgrades the range and maneuver/ training area regulations and develops implementing procedures to ensure compliance with higher headquarters directives. Composes a variety of correspondence, staff studies, decision papers, and similar material in support of Range Division management.
PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.
FACTOR 1 KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION FL 1-7 1250 PTS
Knowledge of Range Safety regulations, methods, standards and techniques applicable to high explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics, fuses, primers and cartridge cases sufficient to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions arising from weapons firing and training.
In depth knowledge of range operations and management to include theory and principles. Knowledge of Army ranges, terrain, facilities, operational directives and regulations governing their use.
Knowledge of regulations and operating procedures for weapons use and firing and range operator methods.
Knowledge of range safety policies and procedures concerning surface danger zones, weapon systems and ammunitions. Must be thoroughly familiar with the AR 385 series.
Knowledge of safety regulations, methods, standards and techniques applicable to ammunition, combined arms gunnery (infantry, armor, artillery and aviation), sufficient to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions arising from the storage, handling, securing and firing of ammunition. Ability to evaluate systems to determine if the weapon and ammunition used can be safely fired from a given location and determine limitations, as required.
Knowledge of armor gunnery, field artillery, mortar fire direction and aerial gunnery and survey operations, ammunition and training requirements.
Knowledge of tactical training operations sufficient to assist commanders in comprehensive risk assessment so that the most effective accident prevention principles are applied to mission requirements.
Ability to communicate orally/written in order to advice commanders and management officials on courses of action affecting range operations and environmental conditions. The risk management process must be the cornerstone for communication for all issues that impact on the safety and well being of personnel and equipment.
Knowledge of organizations and missions of Army units and other American and Foreign Armed Forces units that use range resources and able to conduct staffing requirements of such units to determine the best training resource to use.
Knowledge of techniques sufficient to assist in mishap and accident investigations, conduct crater analysis, hazard analysis, conduct cause factors assessments, identify system inadequacies, and identify risk management failures and provide recommendations for appropriate corrective actions. Knowledge of analytical techniques sufficient to perform investigations of mishaps involving a wide range of live fire and tactical operations.
Skill in interpreting engineering drawings and specifications sufficient to identify potential hazardous conditions in proposed facilities or activity sites. Knowledge of Army publications and correspondence systems. Knowledge of instructional techniques. Skill in basic military map reading. Skill in operating tactical FM radios.
Knowledge of the Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS). Skill in operating basic computer programs. Knowledge of the Army's Range Training Land Program as outlined in AR 350-19.
FACTOR 2 SUPERVISORY CONTROLS FL 2-4 450 PTS
The supervisor defines the area of responsibility, the overall safety objectives and management resources available to achieve the results. The employee independently plans projects, interprets regulations and procedures, conducts coordination actions, and resolves most conflicts that arise. Assignments are carried out on own initiative in accordance with established guidance and policies. Uses sound reasoning to accomplish a wide range of tasks, and interpret safety and occupational health policy, standards and regulations in terms of established objectives. Supervisor is normally available for consultation on unusual problems, however, employee is expected to provide acceptable recommendations and alternatives. Completed projects, findings, recommendations, and other work products are reviewed for soundness of conclusions, overall feasibility and effectiveness in meeting requirements. Completed work is also reviewed critically by the installation directors and Commanding Officers from Company through Division Level, FORSCOM and Department of the Army whose programs and training initiatives would be affected by implementation of recommendations whose level or type of training may be affected.
FACTOR 3 GUIDELINES FL 3-3 275 PTS
Guidelines consist of varied and complex regulations concerning safety, SOPs, specialized range operations manuals including but not limited to, Army, AF, Navy and Marine regulations, field manuals, technical manuals; federal, state and DOD directives, standards and supplemental instructions; OSHA standards, public laws, Executive Orders and historical precedents. Although safety regulations require strict compliance, the incumbent uses own judgment to select, interpret and adapt the guidelines that meet the requirements for range and training facility use. Incumbent must use own judgment to interpret unclear guidance.
FACTOR 4 COMPLEXITY FL 4-4 225 PTS
Incumbent manages a comprehensive safety program covering a broad range of functions including diverse environmental hazards, program administration, control of unsafe actions and conditions, safety education, risk management and systemic evaluation of operations and accidents. Incumbent independently conducts surveys, inspections and on-site visits to ensure applicable safety standards are being properly enforced. The diversity of existent or potential hazards requires the incumbent to adapt control measures or proven safety techniques designed to eliminate or decrease unsafe conditions. When guidelines conflict, the incumbent adapts preventive measures for unconventional risk situations. The incumbent is empowered to cease or modify training to accommodate both unit and installation safety requirements. The impact on unit training must be taken into account when making decisions and taking actions. Incumbent must analyze and evaluate various factors such as available resources, safety considerations, long-range plans, unit training schedules, etc., when deciding on a course of action. Employee must gather information about issues and develop recommendations. Many times this information is often conflicting or incomplete or difficult to acquire, (i.e., to do a waiver request, employee uses safety diagrams, type of ordinance, offsetting control measure, terrain interdiction).
FACTOR 5 SCOPE AND EFFECT FL 5-3 150 PTS
The work requires the analysis of facility use to ensure there are no conflicts that would violate standard safety procedures. Work involves identifying problems and studying, analyzing and making recommendations concerning policies and procedures of diverse units and organizations both on and off the installation. Work effort affects the quality of training being conducted, the adequacy of techniques applied to control or eliminate hazards and the physical safety of employees, unit personnel and the general public. Recommendations on changes are generally accepted and influence the accomplishment of successful training of numerous military and civilian organizations. Through the involvement of the incumbent, units are able to safely conduct tough, realistic combat training.
FACTOR 6&7 PERSONAL/PURPOSE OF CONTACTS FL 3C 180 PTS
Employee has personal contact with customers, managers and commanders from units and organizations belonging to FORSCOM, NGB, USARC, AF, Navy, Marine, and federal, state and local government. Other contacts include scheduling personnel, range officer, installation safety officer; off post safety offices including USARC, FORSCOM and TRADOC, DOD and Department of the Army agencies and TRADOC schools and installations, installation staff including Public Affairs, JAG, Ammunition officer, ammunition QASAS, Directorate of Emergency Services and Command Safety. Contacts include managers, supervisors and staff within the immediate organization, and managers and customers outside the organization. There are regular contacts with personnel from numerous Fort Hood activities, active Army units (Marines, Navy, Air Force), National guard and Reserve units that train on Fort Hood, contractors, FORSCOM personnel, Federal Aviation Administration and Law Enforcement.
The purpose of the contacts is to promote safe operating practices and conditions. Contacts involve coordination for non-standard events, exchange of information and guidance, coordination of inspections and support, provide technical advice and assistance, provide instruction to diverse groups and to influence, motivate and convince reluctant personnel to integrate safety and risk assessment into all activities in compliance with regulations and standards. Employees disseminates information and instructions on the safe use of ranges, terrain, facilities, and promote safety awareness and compliance with safety and health standards. Contacts are to coordinate the operation of all Range Division Branches, exchange information, persuade others to accept scheduling changes, technical and policy requirements, and promote safety awareness and compliance with safety and health standards. Persons contacted may be upset or uncooperative, requiring tact and skill in obtaining the desired result.
FACTOR 8 PHYSICAL DEMANDS FL 8-2 20 PTS
Work is split between a sedentary office setting and field training areas requiring driving, walking (including rough terrain), standing, climbing and exposure to extreme weather conditions. Participation in accident investigation involves extended work hours. There is a potential for exposure to hazardous and toxic substances and environment during inspections of firing ranges and accident sites.
FACTOR 9 WORK ENVIRONMENT FL 9-2 20 PTS
The work is performed both inside well heated, lighted and ventilated areas and outside in all types of environmental conditions (heat, cold temperatures, rain, snow, dust, etc.) often involving work around ammunition and explosives. There is a requirement to enter the impact area. Potentially hazardous situations exist due to the presence of unexploded ammunition (duds), live fire ranges, and occupied artillery/mortar firing points. Involves working in the vicinity of explosive devices and weapons firing, noise hazard, and being around heavy machinery and construction sites. Protective devices and gear is often required when performing on site work.
TOTAL POINTS: 2570
POINT RANGE: 2355-2750
FACTOR 1 PROGRAM SCOPE AND EFFECT FL 1-2 350 PTS
The program segment of work is highly unique involving significant knowledge of all military live fire weapon systems, munitions and combat operations used by all services. The functions, activities or services provided have a coverage which encompasses the entire Tier I, large, multimission military installation of approximately 218,000 acres and all surrounding communities. The work directly supports unit sustainment and deployment training to ensure all units establish and maintain combat readiness in support of our nation. The incumbent is responsible to ensure the safety of all personnel using the nearly 218,000 acre installation and impacts all surrounding communities.
FACTOR 2 ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING FL 2-1 100 PTS
The position is accountable to a position that is two or more levels below the first flag or general officer, equivalent or higher level position in the direct supervisory chain.
FACTOR 3 SUPERVISORY & MANAGERIAL AUTHORITY EXERCISED FL 3-3 775 PTS
Incumbent plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts priorities and schedules for completion of work to meet unit training requirements. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of requirements of assignments, and capabilities of employees. Evaluates work performance of subordinates, provides advice, counsel and instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters. Interviews candidates for positions in the branch, recommends appointment, promotion or reassignment to such positions. Hear and resolve complaints from employees, referring group grievances and all unresolved complaints to a higher level supervisor or manager. Effect minor disciplinary measures, recommending other action in more serious cases as appropriate. Identifies developmental training needs of employees, and develops performance standards. Directs, coordinates and oversees all unit live fire scenario development from individual soldier, team, crew, collective and combined arms training up to and including Brigade and Corps level events. Exercises responsibility and authority to enforce all Army Safety regulations, policies and directives over training exercises at all levels and officials of higher rank as the Installation Range Safety Subject Matter Expert. Range of authority includes removal of unit personnel from positions of authority to execute live fire range operations to removal of personnel from the range for violations of Safety requirements.
FACTOR 4 PERSONAL CONTACTS
FACTOR 4A NATURE OF CONTACTS FL 4A-3 75 PTS
Frequent contact with high ranking military or civilian managers, supervisors and major command level staff and comparable personnel in other Services and Federal Agencies during conduct of daily business and accident investigations.
FACTOR 4B PURPOSE OF CONTACTS FL 4B-3 100 PTS
Purpose of contacts is to ensure compliance to safety requirements and meet training objectives. This often involves defending decisions, negotiating training plans or directing compliance based upon technical expertise and in depth knowledge of munitions, surface danger fans, terrain and policy. Non compliance with decisions made involve considerable consequence from equipment damage, personnel injury up to and including death.
FACTOR 5 DIFFICULTY OF TYPICAL WORK DIRECTED FL 5-5 650 PTS
The incumbent is required to interpret multiple ordnance safety requirements and interpolate unit commander training objectives to produce a live fire training event that is both safe and effective. Command level events range from individual through collective events executed by field grade commanders resulting in a level of base work performed at the GS11 level for 25% of scenarios yet the majority of work is to support commanders at the Company grade level equivalent to GS09 level.
FACTOR 6 OTHER CONDITIONS FL 6-2 575 PTS
Incumbent is responsible to coordinate, integrate and consolidate requirements from Unit Command level and integrates Army Safety requirements to provide an approved, executable scenario that safely incorporates live munitions, explosives, maneuver and training objectives. As supervisor, has full and final technical authority over the work and resulting safety danger diagram to be executed. Deviations from approved training scenario can result in damage, injury or/and death.
TOTAL POINTS: 2625
POINT RANGE: 2355-2755