Updated On: 11/8/2012 10:57:33 AM
Fort Indiantown Gap is located in historic Pennsylvania Dutch country in central Pennsylvania. The installation is situated on the borders of Lebanon County, a largely rural county, and Dauphin County, the seat of the state capital of Harrisburg located 22 miles away. Several towns are located within five miles of FTIG along with national chain shopping centers and restaurants. The city of Lebanon, located 14 miles away, serves as the county seat. Strategically located along the northeast corridor, FTIG is approximately 150 miles from Washington, D.C., and New York City and 100 miles from Baltimore and Philadelphia.
The nearest major international airport is Harrisburg International Airport. Fort Indiantown Gap is located directly off Interstate 81 exit 85B and two miles from the I-81/I-78 split. Plugging in Fisher and Clement Ave., Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17038 into a mapping search engine will bring you to the main crossroads on the installation. GPS Coordinates W 76.569422, N 40.4322709.
FTIG's training corridor is located between two Appalachian Mountains, Blue Mountain and Second Mountain, which are at 600 to 700 feet above sea level. The cantonment area is located at the foot of Blue Mountain and is 400 to 500 feet above sea level. Training and bivouac sites are covered with hardwood forests and grassland. There are two man-made lakes on FTIG, Shuey Lake and Marquette Lake, created from a dam on Indiantown Run. FTIG lies at 40N 76W and has terrain similar to areas found in central and northeastern portions of North America, Europe and Asia.
FTIG is considered a humid, continental climate. The average yearly temperature is 56 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of climate is found in central and northeastern portions of North America, Europe and Asia and is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot and often humid summers, and cold winters.
Fort Indiantown Gap Police
"Serving Community, Commonwealth and Country"
The Fort Indiantown Gap Police operates on a 24/7 schedule. The police force is responsible for the following functions: post operator, 911 operator, central dispatch center, alarm monitor/ response agency, billeting office after hours, Red Cross notifications and general information center. Police officers employed by the Fort Indiantown Gap Police are state employees with full arrest powers. In addition, the force is augmented by military police Soldiers and security staff. Call the Control Center (717) 861-2727.
Fort Indiantown Gap Fire Department
The Fort Indiantown Gap Fire Department is responsible for all fire emergencies on the installation and responds to local municipalities for mutual aid assistance calls. The department is staffed with PAARNG Soldiers, federal and state officers 365 days a year. Call (717) 861-2111.
FTIG has a dedicated and staffed emergency vehicle on-site 24/7. Two licensed EMTs operate the Basic Life Support vehicle and respond to medical emergencies. Call (717) 861-2111.
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The Public Affairs Office is responsible for community relations, media relations and internal information for both the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania National Guard. Please contact them for any media inquires. Call (717) 861-8468.
Photos are taken three to four days each month by scheduled appointment. To schedule a DA photo at Fort Indiantown Gap, visit http://www.vios.army.mil and fill out a work order. Photo appointments are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call (717) 861-8330.
Building T-01, Fort Indiantown Gap Headquarters Department of Defense Fort Indiantown Gap vehicle stickers may be obtained here. Proof of registration, insurance and a driver's license is needed. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (717) 861-6368.
DEERS/RAPIDS ID Office
Building 9-68, located next to the PX Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekend Hours: Open for Joint Forces Drill Weekends Call (717) 861-8693.
Human Resource and Employment Information
This office is dedicated to serving the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard full-time Technician and Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) force. For additional employment information and current job opportunities visit pa.ng.mil. Call (717) 861-8709.
Working in close concert with regulatory agencies, conservation groups and scientific consultants, Fort Indiantown Gap maintains a strong commitment to protect and conserve the environment. The installation has won several awards including the 2011 NGB Environmental Security Awards (Installation); 2011 NGB Environmental Security Awards, Environmental Quality (Installation); 2011 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award Cultural Resources Management (Installation); and in 2011 our ITAM coordinator won the National Military Fish and Wildlife Assosciation's Natural Resource Conservation Communication, Military Involvement Award. In subsequent years, awards won included the 2010 NGB Environmental Security Award for Sustainability (Installation); 2009 National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Historical Conservation Achievement Award; 2009 NGB Environmental Security Award for Environmental Quality (Installation); 2009 NGB Environmental Security Award for Environmental Restoration (Individual); 2008 NGB Environmental Security Award for Cultural Resources Management (Individual); 2007 Department of the Army National Resource Conservation Award (Team); 2007 NGB Environmental Security Award Cultural Resources (Installation); 2007 Secretary of Defense Annual Environmental Award; 2006 NGB National Resource Conservation Award; 2005 NGB Golden Eagle Certificate, EPA Clean Air Excellence Award; 2005 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence; 2005 NGB Silver Eagle Certificate; 2004 NGB National Stewardship Award; and 2001 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. The team manages the regal fritillary butterfly and more than 90 other species of concern, an Outdoor Recreation Program, and a vigorous public outreach program. Partnerships with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the American Chestnut Foundation, Ernst Conservation Seeds, and state agencies provide materials, funds and other project essentials. FTIG is working to ensure the long term health, viability and productivity of its natural resources in order to continuously improve the training, working, and living environment for Soldiers, their families and the public.
Major General Wesley E. Craig
The Adjutant General
Major General Wesley E. Craig assumed duties as adjutant general in Pennsylvania on February 14, 2011. In this state cabinet-level position, General Craig is responsible for command, control and supervision of all Air and Army National Guard units allocated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, six state-owned veterans' homes and programs for Pennsylvania's one million veterans.
General Craig graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and their Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program as a distinguished military graduate in June 1968. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Transportation Corps and spent the next two years on active duty stationed in Virginia and Georgia. He joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1971 and branch transferred to Armor, serving for 20 of the next 22 years in the 1st Squadron, 104th Armored Cavalry, and ending his last four years with that unit as the squadron commander. He is also a 1993 graduate of the United States Army War College.
General Craig transferred to the Headquarters of the 56th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, where he served for four years as executive officer and four years as commanding officer. The 56th Brigade received the Pennsylvania Governor's Meritorious Unit Citation during his time in command. It was also selected as the best brigade in the entire Army National Guard and designated to become the Army Guard's only Stryker Brigade Combat Team. General Craig was transferred to the Headquarters of the 28th Infantry Division and then recalled to active duty. He served three years as deputy commander followed by three years as commanding general. During his time as commanding general, the 28th Division mobilized and deployed more than 8,000 Soldiers to the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Division Headquarters deployed to a multi-national training mission in Egypt known as "Bright Star." General Craig personally commanded the 14,000 troops from eight nations in this high visibility exercise. He also conducted command visitations to his forces forward deployed in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003-2005.
General Craig's military decorations include: the Army Distinguished ServiceMedal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (fourth award), Army Commendation Medal (second award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (seventh award), National Defense Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (fifth award), Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal, Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Silver Star), Pennsylvania Service Ribbon (fourth award), Pennsylvania Twenty Year Service Ribbon (with 3 Silver Stars), Major General Thomas R. White Jr. Medal, General Thomas J. Stewart Medal and the Governor's Unit Citation. His professional affiliations include: USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, PA Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Army War College Foundation Board of Directors, NGAUS Combat Vehicle Task Force Mission Readiness spokesman, American Legion - Post 405, Association of the U.S. Army and the Military Officers Association of America.
Brigadier General John L. Gronski
Deputy Adjutant General-Army
Brigadier General John L. Gronski is serving currently as the Deputy Adjutant General-Army, Pennsylvania National Guard.
His previous assignment was as Assistant Adjutant General where he served as Joint Staff/Commander, Pennsylvania National Guard and was responsible for overseeing strength management, training and equipment readiness with an overarching goal of increasing readiness to respond to federal and state missions. General Gronski was commissioned in 1978 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Scranton. He served on active duty for four years before becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. General Gronski is a graduate of numerous military schools to include Ranger School, Airborne School, Pre-Command Course, Nuclear Biology Chemical Officer Course, Joint Firepower Control Course, Army National Guard Mountain Warfare Course, Air Transportability Planning Course and the M-1 19K Transition Training Program. General Gronski commanded infantry units at the company, battalion and brigade level. He was assigned as a Military Liaison Team Chief in the Republic of Lithuania while commanding the 55th Brigade. General Gronski was deployed to Europe as Commander of Task Force Keystone, a brigade-sized element comprised of approximately 2,000 Soldiers, to conduct force protection operations in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Prior to his assignment as Assistant Adjutant General-Army, General Gronski served as the Commander, 2nd Brigade Forward, 28th Infantry Division, Ramadi, Iraq.
General Gronski's degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, University of Scranton; a Master of Science in Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College; and an MBA, Penn State University.
General Gronski's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (with one Bronze Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (with two Bronze Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass, "M" Device and Numeral 2) Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 2), Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal, Pennsylvania Twenty Year Service Medal (with one Silver Star), Major General Thomas R. White Jr. Medal, Pennsylvania Recruiting and Retention Medal, General Thomas J. Stewart Medal, Governor's Unit Citation. He is Ranger qualified and has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.
General Gronski is a senior management consultant for Greencastle Associates Consulting located in Frazer, Penn.
Colonel Samuel Hayes
Commander, Fort Indiantown Gap
Colonel Samuel Hayes assumed command of Fort Indiantown Gap in December of 2009. In addition to commanding Fort Indiantown Gap, Colonel Hayes serves on the National Guard Bureau's Training Center Advisory Council as a member of the Executive Committee.
Prior to his assignment as the Garrison Commander at Fort Indiantown Gap, Colonel Hayes commanded 2-112th Infantry (Stryker). Colonel Hayes commanded the battalion as it completed its transformation to a Stryker battalion and deployed the battalion to Iraq. The battalion conducted combat operations in Abu Ghraib, Iraq as part of the 1st Cavalry Division (Multi- National Division - Baghdad).
In 2003, Colonel Hayes deployed to Kosovo with the 2-112th Infantry as the battalion executive officer, assigned to Multi-National Brigade (East), KFOR-5A. Upon redeployment, Colonel Hayes was reassigned as the Deputy G3 (Operations) for the 28th Infantry Division. He was also detailed to the 28th ID STRYKER Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) transformation team. He was responsible for the facilitation and oversight of the 56th Brigade Combat Team's transformation to the Army's 6th SBCT.
Colonel Hayes' military career began in April of 1986 as an enlisted Anti-Armor Specialist (TOW), assigned to Combat Support Company, 2-112th Infantry in Altoona, Penn. Upon commissioning, he was assigned as a TOW Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader with the 2-112th Infantry.
In 1991, he was re-assigned to the Headquarters, 2-112th Infantry in Lewistown, Penn., serving in a number of command and staff positions including company commander, battalion operations officer, and battalion executive officer.
Colonel Hayes is a native of Tyrone, Penn. He graduated from Tyrone Area High School in 1985 and attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science. He was commissioned as a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Branch. His subsequent military education has included: the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Service Staff School, and the Army Command and General Staff College. Colonel Hayes also earned a Master of Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997.
Colonel Hayes' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two OLCs, Army Commendation Medal with three OLCs, Army Achievement Medal with two OLCs, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal. He is Ranger qualified and has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist, Air Assault and Pathfinder badges. He lives in Newport, Penn., with his wife, Hilary, and their son, Nathan.
Command Sergeant Major John E. Jones
Garrison Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major John E. Jones CSM John E. Jones assumed the Garrison Command Sergeant Major position on Sept. 1, 2010.
He began his military service in July 1977 with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard when he enlisted in to Det 1, Company B, 2-112th IN located in Bellefonte, Pa. CSM Jones then held every leadership position from team leader to command sergeant major of the 2-112th IN Mechanized. Through his tenure as the 2-112th command sergeant major, he served in the Airport Security Mission in 2001-2002 and deployed with the 2-112th to Kosovo with the 56th BDE IN (M) in 2003-2004.
On June 1, 2004, CSM Jones was selected as the Command Sergeant Major of 56th BDE (Mechanized), the only SBCT in the Guard/Reserves. He deployed with the 56th SBCT to New Orleans, La., in Sept. 2005 to assist with humanitarian relief after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. CSM Jones then deployed as the command sergeant major with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team to Camp Taji, Iraq, in 2008-2009. He continued to serve as the 56th SBCT command sergeant major during reset until Sept. 1, 2010. On Sept. 1, 2010, CSM Jones was selected as the Garrison Command Sergeant Major at Fort Indiantown Gap, the primary training facility for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, located in Annville, Pa. CSM Jones has completed many military courses and has graduated from all required NCOES courses to include the First Sergeant Course and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Kosovo Campaign Medal (With Bronze Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (With Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with #2, Gold Hour Glass and "M" Device), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (#4), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Nato-Medal/Non-Article 5 (Kosovo), Keystone Freedom Medal, Pennsylvania Commendation Medal, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Pennsylvania Twenty Year Service Medal (With 2 Silver Stars), Major General Thomas R. White Medal, General Thomas J. Stewart Medal, Louisiana Emergency Service Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation, Pennsylvania Governor's Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, German Schutzenschnur Badge (Silver), Overseas Service Bar, and 28 ID Combat Patch. CSM Jones is also the recipient of the Infantry's "Order of Saint Maurice" (Bloody Bucket Chapter) and Gold Combat Spurs from the 1st Cav Div.
CSM Jones was born in Washington, D.C. He is a 1977 graduate of Bald Eagle Area High School where he has been serving as the varsity baseball assistant coach from 1996 to present. CSM Jones has been employed as a corrections officer at the State Correction Institute at Rockview, Bellefonte, Pa., since 1990. CSM Jones resides in Julian, Pa., with his wife, Christine. They have one daughter, Morgan