Cutting a ribbon at NFARS

Col. Brian Bowman, commander, 914th Airlift Wing addresses the media and guests at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Aug. 16, 2016. Bowman and the Wing hosted the event to welcome the new flight simulator building to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri)

Col. Brian Bowman, commander, 914th Airlift Wing addresses the media and guests at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Aug. 16, 2016. Bowman and the Wing hosted the event to welcome the new flight simulator building to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri)

Col. Brian Bowman, 914th Airlift Wing Commander (3rd from left) is joined by Col. Robert Kilgore, 107th Attack Wing Commander and other elected officials to perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Aug. 16, 2016. The ceremony took place to welcome the new flight simulator building on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri.)

Col. Brian Bowman, 914th Airlift Wing Commander (3rd from left) is joined by Col. Robert Kilgore, 107th Attack Wing Commander and other elected officials to perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Aug. 16, 2016. The ceremony took place to welcome the new flight simulator building on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri.)

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION --

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 for the new flight simulator building. This event was attended by several local elected officials and civic leaders.

This $5.2 million project will continue efforts to provide the opportunity for more efficient military operations in Western New York. The simulator is designed to bring Airmen from across the country to train at the base.

“This 11,250 square-foot facility is slated to house a state-of-the-art simulator which will have full-motion and visibility and provide a platform to fulfill flight training at a lower cost,” said Col. Brian Bowman, 914th Airlift Wing Commander. “The site can host more than 450 students a year and provide 18 full-time jobs. This building is complete and capable of taking a simulator right away.”

The flight simulator took just over two years to complete. It was designed to showcase Niagara Falls ARS as a great location to host a simulator and training missions for the 914 AW and other flying missions.