Fort Indiantown Gap (FTIG) 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 22 miles away. Several towns are within 5 miles of FTIG, along with national chain shopping centers and restaurants. The city of Lebanon, 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 2 miles from the Interstate 81-Interstate 78 split. Plugging in Fisher and Clement Avenue, 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 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.
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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, security control 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.
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 and federal and state officers 365 days a year.
Other Installation Services
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 inquiries.
Photos are taken three to four days each month by scheduled appointment. To schedule a DA photo at Fort Indiantown Gap, visit www.vios.army.mil and fill out a work order. Photo appointments are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Human Resource and Employment Information
Building S-0-47 (Edward Martin Hall)
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 www.png.pa.gov.
Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs
The Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs is the link between the adjutant general (TAG), the United States Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly regarding plans, programs, budget, policies and activities. It also provides TAG with legislative advice, updates and recommendations on congressional issues affecting the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
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 numerous awards, including:
- 2001 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence: In the category of Resource Protection, the department was recognized for its efforts in recycling, reducing waste generation through product substitution, spill prevention and control, remediation of contamination, and reducing air and water pollution.
- 2004 NGB National Stewardship Award: Pennsylvania National Guard’s Environmental Program was recognized as the best in the nation among all National Guard state entities. The award was based on a matrix covering three major program areas: conservation, compliance and resources. Each of these areas contained many sub-categories that were rated. The Pennsylvania Guard received an overall score of 91 percent while the national average was 74 percent.
- 2005 NGB Golden Eagle Certificate; EPA Clean Air Excellence Award 2005; 2005 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence: The Pennsylvania National Guard CSMS-East won the triple crown of awards in 2005 as the model for pollution prevention in the Army National Guard through their work in replacing its solvent-borne coating with new water dispersible Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings for routine surface coating operations.
- 2005 NGB Silver Eagle Certificate: Major General Jessica Wright, TAG PA, presented LTC Richard Shertzer this certificate in July 2005 for his/his team’s very successful accomplishments as Chief of PAARNG’s M-Day Environmental Section; most notably, an extensive and comprehensive internal compliance assessment system for the very large and diverse set of PAARNG facilities.
- 2006 NGB National Resource Conservation Award: The PAARNG’s natural resource management at Fort Indiantown Gap was lauded for its work of integrating land management practices with military training. This included establishing riparian buffer zones, rotating training areas to control erosion, upgrading tank trails, stream crossings and culverts to limit sediment, plus controlling invasive species.
- 2007 Department of the Army National Resource Conservation Award (Team): FTIG was recognized for its management of natural resources by winning the Army’s conservation award in the team category. The team consisted of both natural resource staff and training staff who management the training land of Fort Indiantown Gap.
- 2007 NGB Environmental Security Award Cultural Resources (Installation): Recognized the cultural resources management including the museum and board for its use of grants, interns, and retired military and museum coordinators.
- 2007 Secretary of Defense Annual Environmental Award: After winning the Department of the Army Conservation Award our award package competed against the winning conservation teams from all services in the Department of Defense Annual Environmental Award. Were once again our team was recognized for having the best management program of natural resources. The entire team took a bus to the Pentagon, where the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense recognized them for their achievement.
- 2008 NGB Environmental Security Award for Cultural Resources Management (Individual): Rita Meneses was recognized for her accomplishments of several significant program milestones to protect cultural resources and enhance the PAARNG’s military mission, including full establishment of the PANG museum at FTIG, obtained a “State of Pennsylvania Historical Marker” for the installation’s historic Land Ships/Stevedore Training Area and to rededicate the Merci Train at FTIG.
- 2009 National Military Fish & Wildlife Association “Historical Conservation Achievement Award”: The award was presented to Joe Hovis and the FTIG Natural Resource Conservation Team. It is given specifically for the well-rounded, model program that converse our natural resources legacy on military lands.
- 2009 NGB Environmental Security Award for Environmental Quality (Installation): The entire Bureau of Environmental Management for the Pennsylvania National Guard was recognized for overall excellence in multiple program areas at FTIG. These programs include hazardous waste management using the “pharmacy concept” at the AASF, community outreach, NEPA documentation, environmental inspections, as well as natural resource management.
- 2009 NGB Environmental Security Award for Environmental Restoration (Individual): Phil Duffy of post engineering received the award for taking down warehouses and other buildings and reusing the concrete for bank restoration and environmental trail fill. The award recognizes efforts to protect human health and the environment by cleaning up identified ARNG sites, in a timely, cost-efficient, responsive and sustainable manner.
- 2010 NGB Environmental Security Award for Sustainability (Installation): Each year, the Army recognizes and rewards excellence for the development, management and transferability of environmental programs that increase environmental quality, enhance the mission and help make the Army sustainable. Pennsylvania National Guard was recognized for community interaction, orientation to mission, technical merit and overall program management.
- 2011 NGB Environmental Security Awards, Cultural Resources Management (Installation): To recognize efforts to promote the management of cultural resources, including historical buildings, archaeological sites, Native American items and sites, curation, and the promotion of the cultural resources conservation ethic. The cultural resources manager, Rita Meneses, works closely with trainers, range control, facilities personnel in all projects to ensure that cultural resources management requirements are fully integrated into planning and implementation along with maintaining a partnership and coordination with regulators.
- 2011 NGB Environmental Security Awards, Environmental Quality (Installation): The entire Bureau of Environmental Management for the Pennsylvania National Guard was recognized for overall excellence in multiple program areas at FTIG. The award recognizes efforts to protect human health and the environment by achieving full and sustainable compliance with all applicable environmental requirements. This includes pollution prevention efforts that achieve compliance in the areas of environmental planning, waste management and pollution control.
- 2011 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award, Cultural Resources Management (Installation): This award recognizes efforts to promote the management of cultural resources, including historical buildings, archaeological sites, Native American items and sites, curation, and the promotion of the cultural resources conservation ethic. The cultural resources manager, Rita Meneses, works closely with trainers, range control and facilities personnel in all projects to ensure that cultural resources management requirements are fully integrated into planning and implementation along with maintaining a partnership and coordination with regulators
- 2012 NGB Environmental Security Award for Environmental Restoration (Installation): Joan Anderson, a licensed professional geologist with the bureau’s compliance division, was recognized for her work in remediating UXO and military munitions in State Game Land 211 as well as clean-ups of petroleum product spills at four sites on FTIG. The award recognizes PAARNG’s commitment to stewardship and sustainability in service of the mission; proactively protecting both the installation and the state game lands; the installation’s in-house management and completion of the spill clean-up efforts saved over $60,000 in remediation costs. The restoration demonstrates PAARNG’s role as a responsible and trustworthy part of the community, both militarily and environmentally.
- 2014 NGB Environmental Security Award for Sustainability (Non-Industrial Installation): Each year, the Army recognizes and rewards excellence for the development, management and transferability of environmental programs that increase environmental quality, enhance the mission and help make the Army sustainable. Pennsylvania National Guard was recognized for green construction, sustainable landscapes, alternative energy material management and substitution, stakeholder interaction, orientation to mission, technical merit and overall program management. One of the many initiatives identified was the diversion of sewage sludge from the landfill. By obtaining regulator permits to land apply our sewer sludge; we enhanced fields growing hay that we bale for installation erosion control projects saving the PAARNG nearly $20,000 each year.
- 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security for Environmental Restoration (Team): The DMVA’s Bureau of Environmental Management has taken first place in environmental restoration centering on the start of work at Mt. Gretna, cleaning up old munitions from the original training site for the PAARNG and the FTIG landfill capping/remediation project. The team successfully entered the landfill into the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) and acquired the funding needed (over $4 million) — along with DEP approval — to finally cap the landfill and close the site.
- 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security for Natural Resources Conservation (Team): The team received second place for its continued habitat support and research of the regal fritillary butterfly (RFB), while maintaining our training mission here at FTIG. Over the past two years, the NRC Team has made impressive strides in the successful propagation of the rare RFB, a butterfly species recently petitioned for protection under the US Endangered Species Act. Its only home in the eastern US is on training ranges at FTIG.
- 2015 Department of Defense Environmental Award for Sustainability (Non-Industrial Installation) Honorable Mention: FTIG received an honorable mention in the 2015 DOD Environmental Awards completion for Sustainability (Non-Industrial Installation) category for sustainability efforts at FTIG; primarily for the land application of sewer sludge to fields, saving thousands of dollars annually in disposal costs while enhancing the grasses growing there which are then cut and baled for use on erosion protection projects around the installation.
The team manages the regal fritillary butterfly and more than 126 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.