The Gap was the National Guard’s largest training center for the third consecutive year

For fiscal year 2022, Fort Indiantown Gap again led the nation as the largest National Guard training facility with approximately 655,336 military training days.

This marks the third year in a row and the sixth time in the past eight years that Gap has been the busiest National Guard training center in the country. Fiscal year 2022 ended for Gap on September 30th.

The number of military training days includes training by 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 compared to 688,833 — because more than 600,000 “non-DOD/non-government” training days were provided last year due to Fort Pickett’s mission to house Afghan refugees.

In terms of military training days, the Gap beat out Fort Stewart in Georgia, which had 526,397 military training days in FY2022, as well as Camp Ripley in Minnesota, which had the third-highest total with 479,026 military training days.

“I am very proud of the Soldiers and Airmen of the Pennsylvania National Guard and the staff of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for their unwavering dedication, service and support to Fort Indiantown Gap,” Pennsylvania Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler said in a press release. “This commitment is particularly evident as it is once again among the busiest National Guard training centers in the country.

“Together, we are committed to ensuring that Fort Indiantown Gap provides not only the Pennsylvania National Guard, but also our state and federal partners with a world-class, state-of-the-art training environment that meets their operational needs.”

The Gap is the only Level II National Guard training center in the Northeastern United States, defined by the Guard as housing for a brigade, maneuvering area for a company plus, individual and crew-served weapon stands, and squad and team collective stands.

Fort Indiantown Gap covers 17,000 acres in northern Lebanon and the Dauphin counties. It is home to several major schools, including the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, 166th Regiment Regional Training Institute, Regional Equipment Operators Training Site, Lightning Force Academy, and the Northeast Counter Drug Training Center.

“It is not surprising that Fort Indiantown Gap has once again been one of the busiest National Guard training centers in the country,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Potts, Fort Indiantown Gap garrison commander, in the news release, adding that the base is within a two-day convoy of 50% of the country’s population.

“The variety of shooting ranges, facilities and simulators we offer here provides 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, making it popular with units and agencies for training.

“We constantly hear that our customer service is some of the best,” said Potts.

“The men and women on our team work tirelessly to ensure that every unit that trains here has the support and resources they need to successfully achieve all of their goals.”

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