Pennsylvania County Forms Group to Advocate for Ft Indiantown Gap

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Lebanon County commissioners have formed a local defense group to shield Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training center in southeastern Pennsylvania, from possible cuts in a future BRAC round.The commissioners earlier received a $25,000 grant from the state to organize a local group to promote the installation, which employs 2,000 personnel.The commissioners will lead the local defense group with the support of a committee made up of staff members from Fort Indiantown Gap, county planners, local elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders. The group’s first assignment will be to conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the post, reported the Lebanon Daily News.“The BRAC criteria traditionally focus on military value. What do we provide to the military,” said the installation’s public affairs officer Lt. Col. Dale Waltman. “Every installation will lose jobs and money into the community. So that’s not our focus. Our focus, in DOD’s eyes, would be, what value does Fort Indiantown Gap bring to the Department of Defense?”last_img

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