DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah -- It was a "boots on the ground" tour for Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, commanding general of Installation Management Command, and Command Sgt. Major Jeffrey Hartless, Nov. 16, at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah to talk with Army leaders and discuss issues that affect the remote Army garrison.

Dahl asked questions and observed how Army-wide programs such as family housing, Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Child and Youth Services, and the Police and Fire Departments implement their programs.

Dahl also attended an archery demonstration by the World Class Athlete Program with Paralympic archer Staff Sgt. Michael Lukow at the Sportsman Lodge, a facility that is used by Soldiers, Family members, community members and employees activities as a successful morale booster.

Dahl had met Lukow while in Washington D.C. Learning that the Paralympic contender lived in Salt Lake City, the general invited him to join him for his installation visit.

"I learn a lot about the relationships of a military community when I see how well events are supported," he said. "It was nice to see that Dugway is tightly knit."

Afternoon tours of Combined Chemical Test Facility and the Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center, a tenant organization, provided the IMCOM commander an overview of the testing that Dugway provides Defense services, and national and local industries.

Christopher Olsen, Dugway's CCTF director, lead the tour of the 35,000 square-foot facility that challenges a comprehensive list of chemical agents, simulants and other samples, and which provides accurate test data to National Defense customers.

"Our test officers and technicians challenge materials with a comprehensive list of chemicals or simulants in liquid, vapor or aerosol to determine the survivability military equipment." Olsen assured.

"The size and range of the laboratories is extremely impressive," Dahl said of the facility, which tests protective clothing, masks and point detectors.

The last stop was the tenant Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center, a subordinate under the Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

RIAC's mission is to test unmanned aircraft and systems for swift distribution to Warfighters. The Shadow, Gray Eagle and a re-engineered Cessna's capabilities were discussed by aircraft operators.

The IMCOM commander said what surprised him the most about the proving ground was the size of the test center and its advanced facilities.

"I was expecting a legacy installation, but what I found was an expansion of critical missions that truly meets our nation's current and future needs, Dahl said. "This visit was an eye-opener."