Army Mountain Warfare School will open a new training center in Vermont

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On Friday, the Army celebrated the new home of the nation’s preeminent center for specialized mountain warfare training — located in Jericho, Vermont. The new, state-of-the-art center is expected to fill training gaps the U.S. military faced due to space constraints at a previous facility, site officials said. Although still under construction, the general-purpose training building is on track to accept its first students in the summer of 2022, according to the Army’s Mountain Warfare School. Nestled near rugged terrain, the Army Mountain Warfare School—the one and only in the nation—is operated by the Vermont National Guard. Service members come to Jericho from all over to prepare to deploy to areas with rapidly changing weather conditions, where they might face challenges like altitude sickness. They also learn specialist skills ranging from rock climbing and rappelling to tricky medical evacuations, high-angle shooting, and more. the Vermont National Guard. “And that’s an important lesson for us here. It’s tough, it’s realistic, but it has a lasting impact on those relationships and prepares them for the unexpected.” A grand opening Friday celebrated a more than 82,000 square foot center for the school, where 174 people can stay, eat and learn. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, defended about $30 million in federal funds for the new building, according to his office. climb the side of a mountain,” Leahy said of military training in mountain warfare skills. “It’s going to be a world-class training facility. meet the nation’s preparedness needs. “We could never achieve the capability the military was asking us to train,” Gagner acknowledged, referring to a former school headquarters he described as older, smaller and outdated. “So with this facility, we can definitely make a dent in that, if not meet demand.” According to architect Marty Sienkiewycz of SAS Architects in Burlington, the new center at the Army Mountain Warfare School includes a geothermal system for heating and cooling, to reduce the use of fossil fuels. It will also have high-efficiency lighting, electric vehicle charging stations and space to install panels to turn the sun’s energy into electricity, Sienkiewycz told NECN and NBC10 Boston.

On Friday, the Army celebrated the new home of the nation’s preeminent center for specialized mountain warfare training — located in Jericho, Vermont.

The new state-of-the-art center is expected to fill training gaps the US military faced due to space constraints at an older facility, site officials said.

Although still under construction, the general-purpose training building is on track to welcome its first students in the summer of 2022, according to the Army Mountain Warfare School.

Nestled near rugged terrain, the Army Mountain Warfare School – the one and only in the country – is operated by the Vermont National Guard.

Service members come to Jericho from all over to prepare to deploy to areas with rapidly changing weather conditions, where they might face challenges like altitude sickness. They also learn specialist skills ranging from rock climbing and rappelling to tricky medical evacuations, high-angle shooting, and more.

“When you train together, you train while you fight,” observed Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, commander of the Vermont National Guard. “And that’s an important lesson for us here. It’s tough, it’s realistic, but it has a lasting impact on those relationships and prepares them for the unexpected.”

A grand opening Friday celebrated a more than 82,000 square foot facility for the school, where 174 staff members can stay, eat and learn. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, defended about $30 million in federal funds for the new building, according to his office.

“There’s a difference between doing it in a classroom or a gymnasium or being where it’s 10 below zero and you’re going up the side of a mountain,” Leahy said of military skills training. mountain warfare. “It will be a world-class training center.”

Army Mountain Warfare School Commandant Lt. Col. Steve Gagner said the new facility is a significant upgrade on a cramped and dated property that did not meet the nation’s preparedness needs. .

“We could never achieve the capability the military was asking us to train,” Gagner acknowledged, referring to a former school headquarters he described as older, smaller and outdated. “So with this facility, we can definitely make a dent in that. [training goal]otherwise respond to the request.”

With Friday’s ribbon unveiling falling on Earth Day, several guests in attendance took note of its green building and design features.

According to architect Marty Sienkiewycz of SAS Architects in Burlington, the new center at Army Mountain Warfare School includes a geothermal system for heating and cooling, to reduce the use of fossil fuels. It will also have high-efficiency lighting, electric vehicle charging stations and space to install panels to turn the sun’s energy into electricity, Sienkiewycz told NECN and NBC10 Boston.

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