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M50 gas mask affixed to SMARTMAN (Simulant Agent Resistance Test Mannikin) in small chamber, prior to challenging mask with Joint General Purpose Decontaminant for Hardened Military Equipment (JGPD HME). The test was conducted to learn whether the relatively new decontaminant would degrade the mask.
Photo taken Nov. 5, 2019 by Al Vogel, Dugway Proving Ground Public Affairs.
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Photo taken Nov. 5, 2019 by Al Vogel, Dugway Proving Ground Public Affairs. (Photo Credit: US Army/Al Vogel)
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Congratulations to Team Dugway on 80 years of excellence!  On February 6, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt withdrew an initial 126,720 acres of Utah land from the public domain for use by the War Department. Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) was official activation on March 1. Testing was under way by that summer.

DPG is now a Major Range and Test Facility Base and it is responsible for testing and evaluating nearly all Department of Defense (DoD) chemical and biological defense equipment and capabilities. Within its nearly 800,000 acres, there are numerous state-of-the-art laboratories, unique test chambers and extensive field test grids.

In addition to chem/bio defense testing and evaluation, Dugway supports training for military and first responders, testing and evaluation of obscurants, and the development, testing, and integration of unmanned aircraft systems.

Testing and Training in 2021:

  • 163 Testing Events
  • 85 Training Events
  • 1300 Soldiers Trained

Dugway has a highly skilled workforce of dedicated scientists, security technicians, food service professionals, and other staff. Around 300-400 people live on post and call Dugway home year round.

Workforce:

  • Approximately 2,500 full- and part-time jobs
  • Average wage is $88k (double the average wage in Tooele County)
  • Contributes an estimated $266.7 million to Utah state GDP