Training Center Headquarters
The FTIG Garrison Headquarters is responsible for all operations on the installation. The office administers and manages the training, engineering, administrative and logistical operations for assigned, attached, transient or tenant units, as well as joint forces activities.
Recruiting and Retention Battalion
Headquartered at FTIG, the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PAARNG) Recruiting and Retention Battalion is tasked with maintaining the PAARNG missioned end strength as a force of quality, deployable Soldiers capable of supporting state and federal operations. This task is accomplished by the recruiting and accessing of new Soldiers into the National Guard, preparing them for and shipping them to Basic Combat Training, and assisting units in retaining qualified Soldiers.
With more than 230 Soldiers across the state on active-duty orders, the Recruiting and Retention Battalion has the greatest number of full-time Soldiers of any unit in the PAARNG. The battalion has Soldiers in every armory as well as some storefronts and government offices, so there is a National Guard presence in every community. The battalion also maintains 15 training sites across the state, including two at FTIG, to train and prepare new enlistees for Basic Combat Training and their occupational specialty qualifying schools.
In addition to their recruiting mission, the Soldiers of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion support community and school events to provide mentorship and serve as positive role models for Pennsylvania youths. The battalion also hosts an annual statewide high school preseason wrestling tournament at Fort Indiantown Gap, involving more than 100 of the top Pennsylvania high school wrestlers.
28th Combat Aviation Brigade
The 28th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) is a heavy aviation unit of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. It is one of five brigades of the 28th Infantry Division. The 28th CAB provides aviation assets for both federal and state active-duty missions. The aviators of the 28th CAB fly UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64D Apaches and CH-47F Chinook helicopters. The 28th CAB mission is to find, fix and destroy enemy forces using maneuver to concentrate and sustain combat power at the critical time and place, as an integrated member of the combined arms team. The CAB destroys enemy forces using fire, maneuver and shock effect. The 28th CAB is capable of conducting all aviation missions, including close combat attack, mobile strike, reconnaissance, security, air assault, air movement, command and control, air traffic services, casualty evacuation, aerial MEDEVAC, personnel recovery, downed aircraft recovery, aerial mine delivery and FARP operations.
All Army Sports
Fort Indiantown Gap is proud to host the All Army Sports Camps in women’s basketball, taekwondo and women’s softball. All Army Sports is the Army’s branch of the Armed Forces Sports Program. The Armed Forces Sports Program strives to promote goodwill among the armed services and a positive image of the armed services, encourage physical fitness by promoting a highly competitive sports program, and provide the avenue for military athletes to participate in national and international competitions. The Armed Forces Sports Programs include 18 armed forces championships, seven national championships and 20 international championships within Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM). CISM hosts the Military World Games, a multisport, multinational event organized every four years, one year before the year the Olympic Games are organized.
U.S. Army Research Laboratory Robotics Research Facility
The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) uses the Robotics Research Facility and nearby training areas to evaluate technologies that result from basic and applied research efforts in autonomous systems. This resource advances machine perception, intelligence, human-robot interaction and unique mobility. Since 2001, ARL has conducted numerous technology assessments at FTIG involving autonomous, unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned air vehicles, which have been a tremendous asset to the Army’s robotics program.
United States Property and Fiscal Office
The mission of the United States Property and Fiscal Office (USPFO) for Pennsylvania, Fort Indiantown Gap, is to receive and account for all funds and property of the United States government in the possession of the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard and to ensure that federal funds are obligated and expended in conformance with applicable statutes and regulations. Divisions within USPFO include resource management, supply and services, analysis and internal review, data processing, purchasing and contracting, and administration. The USPFO manages the federal logistics support system for the state and, upon mobilization of a unit, provides the support necessary for the transition of the mobilized entity into active-dutystatus.
Intramural Sports and Camps
Several leagues run throughout the year, including softball and golf. All Army Sports hosts camps and championships in taekwondo, basketball and softball. Enroll today; call 717-861-2711.
Air National Guard Regional Support Groups
Fort Indiantown Gap is home to the 193rd Regional Support Group of the 193rd Special Operations Wing.
The 148th Air Support Operations Squadron provides combat-ready tactical air control parties for combat maneuver units of the 28th Infantry Division, including the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Their primary job is to provide mission planning of direct combat air support and operate and supervise communications nets to support Air Force air resources and Army ground maneuver units.
The 201st RED HORSE Squadron supports combat air power and provides commander in chiefs and federal and state authorities a flexible, well-rounded heavy construction and repair capability any time, at any location.
The 203rd Weather Flight is a small, elite unit that analyzes and predicts atmospheric conditions for pilots, war planners and decision-makers.
The mission of the 211th Engineering Installation Squadron is to engineer, install and relocate fixed command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems in facilities.
The 271st Combat Communications Squadron’s mission is to deploy, operate and maintain tactical communications packages in support of Air Force missions worldwide, as well as civil and disaster-relief missions within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 271st CBCS can provide command and control satellite nets, intrasite telephone services, data services, tactical switchboards, communications center operations, and network and multisite voice communications.
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast is assigned to the dual missions of supporting regional Air National Guard units through performances in ceremonies, activities and recruiting tours; and public relations concert tours for the Air National Guard and the “Total Air Force.”
Joint Force Headquarters-Pennsylvania
Joint Force Headquarters – Pennsylvania (JFHQ-PA) is the headquarters for both the Army and the Air National Guards of Pennsylvania, providing oversight to all the Soldiers and airmen in the state. JFHQ-PA’s mission is to maintain trained and equipped forces ready to perform missions as directed by state or federal authorities. The headquarters JFHQ-PA supports Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities and other domestic emergency missions. In addition, the JFHQ-PA provides expertise and situational awareness to Department of Defense authorities to facilitate integration of federal and state activities.
Programs and operations for the approximately 15,000-member Pennsylvania Army National Guard are overseen by the deputy adjutant general-Army (DAG-Army) based at Fort Indiantown Gap. Programs and operations for the approximately 4,000-member Pennsylvania Air National Guard are overseen by the deputy adjutant general-Air (DAG-Air) based at Fort Indiantown Gap.
Counterdrug Joint Task Force
The mission of the Pennsylvania Counterdrug Joint Task Force (CJTF) directly supports the commonwealth’s mission to improve the safety and welfare of citizens of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania CJTF leverages unique National Guard capabilities to support community efforts against illicit drugs and emerging threats. Its four missions are:
Operational Support to Law Enforcement
Assist in the disruption of illicit drug financing, production, transportation and distribution. Guardsmen provide personnel and services that include criminal analysis, technical support, engineer support, prescription take back, ground reconnaissance and aerial observation.
Guardsmen teach, coach and mentor civilian community anti-drug coalitions to deliver collaborative and effective strategies that promote drug-free communities and create healthy citizens.
Northeast Counterdrug Training Center
Please see the section on Tenant Training Units for more information.
3rd Civil Support Team
Pennsylvania’s 3rd Civil Support Team (CST) is a 22-person, full-time force that provides state and regional chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response capability in the form of recognition, analysis, prediction and active monitoring. The Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is a 186-person force with five full-time personnel and the remainder traditional National Guard Soldiers and airmen. The CERFP provides search and extraction, decontamination, medical triage and limited care capabilities in response to a CBRN event both in-state and regionally.
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has a dual mission: Provide quality service to the commonwealth’s veterans and their families, and oversee and support the members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. We fulfill our dual mission by:
- Providing resources and assistance to Pennsylvania’s one million veterans and their families and providing quality care for aging and disabled veterans.
- Preparing the Pennsylvania National Guard for combat, performing worldwide combat and combat support operations, providing global reach and the projection of U.S. military power in support of national objectives and, at the command of the governor, providing trained personnel to support state and local authorities in times of natural disaster or civil strife.
Created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on April 11, 1973, the DMVA is one of Pennsylvania’s largest employers, with more than 21,000 military and civilian personnel in more than 80 communities statewide. It is overseen by the adjutant general, a governor-appointed, cabinet-level position.
Other organizations on post include the United States Army Reserve, Association of Civilian Technicians (ACT), Navy and Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Corps League, AMVETS, Civil Air Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and Army Transformation Team.
Pennsylvania National Guard Associations
Biddle Hall (Building 9-109)
The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) is the professional organization that represents the nearly 20,000 Pennsylvanians who proudly serve their state and nation in the Pennsylvania National Guard. PNGAS consists of the National Guard Association of Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the National Guard Association of the United States and the Pennsylvania National Guard Enlisted Association, affiliated with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. PNGAS was formed in 1987 as the umbrella professional organization to better meet the needs of their membership. In short, PNGAS guards the Guard.