Restored WWII era wooden barracks
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The newly restored Area 13 features historic block structures and a series of 21 WWII-era wooden barracks like this one. Faced with a need for modern meeting space, barracks, and MWR areas, the PAARNG began planning to tear down the district and buil... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Range House renovation
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The historic Range House before renovation. The Range House is a National Register-eligible structure, built in the 1890s, that was put at risk by implementation of the Stryker Brigade at FIG-NGTC. Rather than lose the building, the CRM program elect... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Range House after renovation
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The renovation of the Range House was completed this year. The CR manager coordinated with the Red Horse Alumni Group, which had experience with Habitat for Humanity, to complete the internal restoration, including painting, door and window refinishi... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Iraq War Monument
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The monument honors fallen soldiers from the War in Iraq; it was originally constructed in theater and brought back to FIG-NGTC by the 2nd Brigade. In the Pennsylvania climate, the monument began to deteriorate, becoming rusted. The CR manager worked... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Dog Tag Wind Chimes
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The 2nd Brigade monument is a partially open obelisk in which the dog tags of soldier casualties have been suspended; air moves through the structure, creating a wind chime-like sound, and at night, it is lit from within. At FIG-NGTC, the monument ha... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Universtity students on CRM internship
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – University students conducting fieldwork as part of CRM internships. An intern program in cooperation with Shippensburg University, Washington College, and Penn State provides paid internships through which students learn the full range of CRM operat... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Fort Indiantown Gap's stellar Cultural Resources Management program blends architectural and archaeological resources, regulatory and community partnerships, and extensive community outreach to protect precious cultural resources in Pennsylvania. The only live fire, maneuver military training facility in the state covers more than 17,000-acres and supports the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat and the 28th Infantry Division, the largest and most deployed units of their kind in the Army and Air Guard.

When cultural resources manager Rita Meneses first arrived 10 years ago to begin balancing cultural resources preservation at Fort Indiantown Gap with its important training mission, she settled in to her new job and started to establish contacts.

"My first priority was to get to know everyone and let them know I was working with them and not against them," Meneses said. "No one knew what a cultural resources manager was or what they did, what the laws were and the trouble our installation could get into if we didn't do the right thing with our precious legacy and resources here at Fort Indiantown Gap. It's worked out well for us."

All of the activities on the installation are designed to enhance the quality of training lands, not only for environmental resources but for Soldier training as well. The CRM program's success is accomplished through proactive and early planning with other installation team members and is fully described in the Installation Cultural Resource Management Plan.

National Guard, Army Reserve, active Army, Navy and Marine units, and law enforcement as well as Air Force Guard units swell the training lands and facilities users to more than 230,000 personnel each year. More than $150 million in construction has been executed over the past several years, and partnership and coordination with regulators is a key component of the CRM program. Partnerships leverage funding and expertise, expand the program's capacities and have been a great part of the program's success.

The CRM program achieved several milestones over the past two years:

• completion of the historic Range House renovation with donated resources,

• rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of 21 World War II-era barracks,

• renovation and preservation of a monument to Soldiers fallen in Iraq,

• protection of excessed armories,

• support of a large-scale former munitions range remediation,

• development of a regulatory memorandum of agreement guiding conveyance, and

• employment of university student interns.

The Pennsylvania Army National Guard's CRM program directly supports its mission by ensuring all projects and training are coordinated and conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, Meneses said. Whether it is site compliance issues or public outreach programs, the team strives to demonstrate environmental stewardship to on- and off-post audiences. Fort Indiantown Gap not only makes history but, at the same time, preserves history every day.

"One of our biggest cultural resources program challenges is ensuring the historical sites, structures and landscapes, and Native American sites are preserved for future generations while reaching a sustainable balance between new missions," said Meneses. "This place is like a Disney World for historians. Not only is the local history interesting, but the military history is phenomenal."

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