FTIG’s 12,000-acre training corridor is located between two Appalachian Mountains, Blue Mountain and Second Mountain, reaching 600 to 700 feet above mean sea level. The location provides a self-contained training area with minimum training distractions. Its protected location makes it ideal for live-fire training. Some 120 miles of roads and trails, well-suited for wheeled and tracked vehicles, run throughout the corridor and its training areas.
Fifty training areas are located throughout the corridor and are suitable for bivouac, maneuver, vehicle training, unit tactics, convoy training and other customized training focusing on training realism. FTIG Range Operations is committed to working with the unit commanders to develop realistic and targeted training plans for each unit. Multiple training areas may be linked to create large corridors for lanes training. Training areas are approved for pyrotechnics and for small-arms weapons (blank fire).
Fort Indiantown Gap has made significant investments to develop realistic and contemporary training sites for a variety of unit training requirements. The installation is constantly improving and investing in the training facilities. For more information, call FTIG Range Scheduling at 717-861-2204. Our experienced staff can assist in executing your training.
A 50-foot, state-of-the-art tower with capabilities for rappelling, fast rope and rock climbing.
Fort Indiantown Gap is capable of supporting airborne operations with three designated drop zones. Two drop zones are suitable for equipment, and the other is authorized for personnel.
Helicopter Landing Zones and Pickup Zones
Fort Indiantown Gap supports air insertion and air assault operations. Along with designated locations throughout the post, helicopter landings are allowed in nearly any open areas deemed safe by the flight crew and FTIG Range Operations. This flexibility allows units to create realistic and targeted training scenarios.
FTIG offers two 16-point, challenging, dismounted courses. Each course has a variety of different scenarios created. Mounted land navigation may be done in the training corridor with prior coordination with FTIG Range Operations.
Leadership Reaction Course
Develop and evaluate leadership with the 16-station facility.
Handheld Detector Lane and Explosive Hazard Detection Lane
Fort Indiantown Gap possesses a training area and resources for units to train sweep and search techniques on their Program of Record (PoR) AN/PSS 14 Mine Detectors and also the non-PoR detectors currently being used in support of overseas combat operations, such as the DSP27, CMD 2.06 and VMR2. Use of the range can be scheduled through Range Operations, and the non-PoR detectors can be drawn from the Training Support Center (TSC) in Building 11-7.
Muir Army Airfield
Capable of supporting rotary aircraft training, Fort Indiantown Gap’s Muir Army Airfield is the second-busiest Army heliport in the nation and the sixth-busiest airport in Pennsylvania. The unique location of Muir Army Airfield — with its proximity to prime tactical training areas, local area instrument training environment and restricted airspace — makes it the base of operations for a wide variety of rotary wing and unmanned aerial systems. Aviation units safely execute more than 100,000 movements each year from Muir.
Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Chambers
Fort Indiantown Gap has four chambers suitable for training units on their protective equipment.
In its mission to build esprit de corps, unit cohesion and physical stamina, Fort Indiantown Gap offers an 11-station obstacle course.
Build teamwork by constructing a rope bridge over Shuey Lake. Boats are available from MWR for this training.
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Facility
Our Shadow UAS facility, just east of Muir Army Airfield, consists of a building and a runway able to support launch and recovery operations. Aircraft are able to transition from national airspace to restricted special-use airspace to conduct flight operations. The installation has ample restricted airspace to support flight operations as well as manned-unmanned teaming. There is an additional runway located in the training corridor under construction.
Virtual training on the Shadow is available on the Shadow Crew Trainer; please see the section on Virtual Training for more information.
Units may set up ROWPU equipment next to Shuey Lake and conduct water purification training on-site.