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Fort Indiantown Gap is again No. 1 in training

Written by Staff Report/Lebanon Daily News | Jan 14, 2017 6:11 PM
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(Fort Indiantown Gap) -- For the second time in as many years, Fort Indiantown Gap has ranked first out of 48 National Guard training centers in the continental United States and Puerto Rico with the most training mandays for fiscal year 2016, according to a press release.

A manday equates to one person training for one full day, and the installation logged more than 740,000 mandays through the training of more than 120,000 service members and federal, state, local and international personnel, the press release said.

"We once again were able to maintain the highest operational tempo in the nation for a National Guard training center," said Col. Robert Hepner, garrison commander, in the press release. "My staff made it possible. I could not be more proud."

The Gap's simulations section provided training to more than 32,000 people during 2016, according to the press release.

"It was a great year," said Sgt. First Class Michael Domalski, the simulations noncommissioned officer in charge, in the press release.

Training for the simulations section included interactions with service members from Pennsylvania's state partner, Lithuania, according to the press release.

Staff members of the Bureau of Reservation Maintenance, skilled craftsman and maintenance workers, completed over 16,500 work requests to support those who were training, the press release said.

"We were able to implement a variety of projects this year to improve the facility for those training here," said Christopher McDevitt, director of the BRM, in the press release.

Others involved in supporting those who were training included the logistics section which manages the post warehouse, ammunition supply point, billeting, supply and services and the installation property book, according to the press release.

"We issued more than 12.5 million rounds of ammunition worth more than $16 million," said Maj. Alan McCord, supply officer for the installation, in the press release. "We also completed a safety review successfully with zero non-compliance findings."

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