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Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania
Fort Indiantown Gap is located in the counties of Dauphin and Lebanon in South Central Pennsylvania. It is situated 20 miles northeast of Pennsylvania’s state capital, Harrisburg, and 12 miles north of the City of Lebanon. In Lebanon County, municipalities adjacent to the 17,222 acre installation include the townships of East Hanover, Union, and Cold Spring. In Dauphin County, the townships of East and West Hanover are adjacent to the installation. The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is located immediately adjacent to Fort Indiantown Gap.
Fort Indiantown Gap serves as the Pennsylvania National Guard’s headquarters and is a major Army Reserve component training post. The Pennsylvania National Guard manages the installation. Major facilities at Fort Indiantown Gap include the Muir Army Airfield, the Eastern Army Aviation Training Site, a state-of-the-art helicopter training center, an educational complex for combat arms training through the 166th Regiment, the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center, and numerous firing ranges and maneuver areas which make the installation a mission-essential facility for training.
Joint Land Use Study Planning Process
The Army nominated Fort Indiantown Gap for a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) primarily due to urban development along the southern perimeter of the post. For example, a new racetrack and casino directly to the south of the installation recently opened and have had an adverse impact on helicopter night-vision training operations. Existing and future commercial and residential developments in Lebanon County also can potentially impact operational missions. Lebanon County is the JLUS project sponsor with professional consultant support. The JLUS Policy Committee consists of the chief elected officials of the participating jurisdictions. The Policy Committee representatives have identified individuals to participate in a Working Group, which consists primarily of planners and engineers to guide the process and assist the JLUS consultants. The Army is represented on both the Policy Committee and in the Working Group.
The primary .goals of the JLUS are to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens represented by the participatory communities, and to promote a strong relationship between the public and the military. As the JLUS process continues through 2013, the project consultant will identify additional goals.
Community Website: www.ftig-jlus.com