The Gap was the National Guard’s largest training facility for the 3rd consecutive year
For fiscal year 2022, Fort Indiantown Gap once again led the nation as the largest National Guard training facility, with approximately 655,336 days of military training.
This is Gap’s third straight year, and sixth time in the past eight years, as the nation’s busiest National Guard training facility. The 2022 financial year ended for the Gap on September 30.
The number of military training days includes training for Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Air National Guard personnel.
Fort Pickett in Virginia had a higher number of total training days than the Gap – 1,051,377 vs. 688,833 – because last year over 600,000 “Non-DOD/Non-Government” training days were provided due to Fort Pickett’s mission to host Afghan refugees.
In terms of military training days, the Gap beat Fort Stewart in Georgia, which had 526,397 military training days in fiscal year 2022, as well as Camp Ripley in Minnesota, which had the third-highest total. with 479,026 days of military training.
“I am extremely proud of the Soldiers and Airmen of the Pennsylvania National Guard and the employees of the Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs for their unwavering commitment, service and support at Fort Indiantown Gap,” the Adjutant General said. of Pennsylvania, Major General Mark Schindler. in a press release. “This commitment is especially evident as it is once again among the most active National Guard training centers in the country.
“Together, we are ensuring that Fort Indiantown Gap not only provides the Pennsylvania National Guard, but also our state and federal partners with a top notch, state-of-the-art training environment that meets their operational needs. “
The Gap is the only Level II National Guard training facility in the Northeastern United States, which the Guard defines as having cantonment for a brigade, a maneuver area for a company plus, individual and collective arms ranges, and squad and team collective ranges.
Fort Indiantown Gap covers 17,000 acres in North Lebanon and Dauphin counties. It is home to several major schools, including the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, the 166th Regiment Regional Training Institute, the Regional Equipment Operator Training Site, the Lightning Force Academy and the Northeast Counter Drug Training Center.
“It’s no surprise that Fort Indiantown Gap has once again been one of the busiest National Guard training centers in the nation,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Potts, Fort’s garrison commander. Indiantown Gap, in the statement, adding that the base is located within a two-day convoy of 50% of the country’s population.
“The variety of ranges, facilities, and simulators we offer here provide invaluable training not only to the Pennsylvania National Guard, but to all branches of the military as well as our federal, state, and local partners.”
Potts said Fort Indiantown Gap also has excellent customer service, which makes it popular among training units and agencies.
“We constantly hear that our customer service is among the best,” Potts said.
“The men and women of our team work tirelessly to ensure that every unit that trains here has the support and resources it needs to successfully achieve all of its goals.”
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