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About Ft. Indiantown Gap

Fort Indiantown Gap was first established by the state in 1931 as the primary training base for the Pennsylvania National Guard. It is also home of the Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, which oversees both the Army and Air National Guard and the state’s programs for serving the needs of Pennsylvania’s 1.3 million veterans. Since 1940, most of its more than 19,000 acres have been leased to the federal government for military training purposes. During World War II, seven Army divisions trained at the Gap enroute to overseas service. Its mission further expanded in recent years to include all active and reserve components, as well as selected civilian customers. In October 1998, following BRAC Commission recommendations, the U.S. Army garrison at the Gap closed and responsibility for day-to-day management of the post was transferred to the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The primary mission of Fort Indiantown Gap is military training for the active and reserve components of all the services. Civilian organizations with compatible interests and training needs are also accommodated whenever possible. On average, more than 100,000 individual students and trainees rotate through the installation every year.

Some 1,300 people work full-time on Fort Indiantown Gap. They include state and federal civilians; military technicians; members of the Active Guard and Reserve program; active-duty soldiers; and employees of contractors and non-DMVA tenants. This makes Fort Indiantown Gap the largest employer in Lebanon County. Annual economic impact exceeds $100 million.

Military facilities at Fort Indiantown Gap:

  • State headquarters of the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard
  • 35 separate Army and Air Guard units, with a total of 3,500 drilling members
  • 140 maneuver areas, firing ranges and bivouac sites
  • 166th Regiment (Combat Arms), a regional training academy with state-of-the-art distance learning capability
  • Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, the only reserve component training center for utility and medium-lift helicopters
  • Muir Army Airfield, second busiest helicopter base in the world
  • Air-to-Ground Bomb Range for active and reserve fighter pilots from all the services
  • 3rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, one of 10 Guard units in the nation dedicated to assisting civilian responders in the event of a terrorist attack
  • Northeast Counterdrug Training Center, one of three in the nation providing no-cost support to civilian drug enforcement agencies and drug demand professionals
  • Regional Equipment Operators Training Site, a unique Air Guard "schoolhouse" serving construction engineers across the total Air Force
  • "Lightning Force" Academy, another unique school for Air Force and Air Guard specialists in fiber optics and network installation
  • Medical Company Training Site, one of two in the National Guard for combat lifesaving and other critical medical skills

Other organizations on post:

  • State offices of AMVETS and Marine Corps League
  • Civil Air Patrol - Pennsylvania Wing
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Valley Foods, Inc., food service distributor for the entire Pennsylvania Army National Guard
  • MountainTop Technologies, concessionaire operating the Gap’s distance learning facility
  • All Army Sports Program
  • Pennsylvania National Guard Associations

Immediately adjacent:
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery (operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) and the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial

Recreational opportunities and customer services:

  • Hunting and fishing on post (including special access for the disabled)
  • Community Club
  • Blue Mountain Sports Arena
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Post Exchange, gas station, convenience store, military clothing store
  • Scouting trips, youth camps, civic tours
  • Major public events (Armed Forces Day celebration, Battle of the Bulge re-enactment)
  • Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum

Environmental Stewardship:
Working in close concert with regulatory agencies, conservation groups and scientific consultants, Fort Indiantown Gap maintains a strong commitment to protect and preserve the environment. For example, 158 acres of training land have been set aside as research habitat for a rare species of butterfly. Stream banks and wetlands on post are being restored in cooperation with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and The Nature Conservancy. And Fort Indiantown Gap is now developing a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement to guide plans for future expansion of training areas and infrastructure.