NRAblog is excited to introduce Jessica Blanks, a new member of the NRA Headquarters Shooting Range staff. As the Range’s new “Customer Service Specialist,” she’s responsible for a variety of tasks. Her main focus is on customer service, keeping the lines of communication open between the Range and its customers.
Blanks assists NRA Range Manager Greg Wodack and his staff of 33 Range Safety Officers, providing administrative support. She’s also responsible for cash receipts, inventory management and electronically filing and maintaining the customer the data base.
“I think Jessica’s a perfect fit for the Range,” Wodack told NRAblog. “I’m looking forward to our continued growth and success, and we welcome her to our team.”
Blanks was born in Louisiana and grew up in a military family. At one time she lived in Texas — and she’s still a big Dallas Cowboys fan.
Blanks says she grew up shooting guns and hunting with her father. She attributes her love for the outdoors to her father, a retired Army Colonel. Blanks has always admired the NRA and its fight to defend the Second Amendment. “It’s a privilege to work for the NRA,” Blanks told NRAblog. In addition to firearms, she enjoys cooking, painting, drawing, and music. She holds a second degree black belt Tae Kwon Do.
Blanks received her Associates degree from Northern Virginia Community College and is working on her bachelors degree. She plans to continue her education with a post graduate degree in Art Therapy.
About the NRA HQ Range:
The NRA Range is one of the few 50-yard indoor ranges available to the public. The shooting booths are wheelchair-accessible and provide ample room for position pistol and rifle shooting. The automatic target retrieval system will place targets at any distance in one-foot increments from 3 to 150 feet. The unique backstop and sound baffling systems allow you to shoot rifle calibers up to and including .460 Weatherby Magnum!
The NRA Range is open to the general public — NRA members and non-members — for recreational shooting, and is also used for a variety of programs including NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses, competitions, league shooting, junior shooting programs, NRA Instructor Training Courses, NRA Coach Schools, shooting clinics and more.
The NRA Range includes a classroom and a check-in office which is stocked with targets, hearing and eye protection, cleaning supplies, a selection of the more popular calibers of ammunition, and various safety and training instructional materials.
All first-time users of the NRA Range will be asked to complete a written range test prior to shooting. All first-time visitors will be required to complete a safety questionnaire. This is an educational exercise, not a graded test. There is a one-time $10 processing fee for the range test.
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