Vermont National Guard Public Affairs
The Camp Ethan Allen Training Site has updated their schedule based on a need for increased firing times.
Residents near the CEATS may hear range operations during peak periods Aug. 31-Sept. 20.
In addition, from Sept. 14-16, the 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion will conduct training using a demolition effect simulator on Camp Johnson in Colchester from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. This non-standard training on Camp Johnson fulfills necessary Training Year 2020 requirements to simulate safely detonating roadside bombs.
Vermont units are on a compressed time line because of training requirements leading up to likely 2021 deployments, Training Year 2020 requirements, and limited use throughout the spring. Live fire is set for tonight, and over the course of the next few weeks.
While preparing for deployment units also have requirements that must be met within the training year which ends Sept. 30. Training has often occurred at Fort Drum to meet requirements. Fort Drum has implemented a mandatory two week quarantine period for National Guard units which equates to an annual training period, eliminating Fort Drum as a possibility to mitigate the impact on the community around CEATS.
CEATS is a subordinate unit of the Garrison Support Command. Plans, operations, range safety, and all operations at the range are run by a dedicated full-time and part-time staff. Range staff has also led multiple efforts to mitigate the impact of noise on the local community. The range schedule, as it stands, is on page two. Range operations are subject to change.
All noise complaints and range inquiries should be directed to the Vermont National Guard State Public Affairs office by calling 802-338-3000, Option 3. You can also email inquiries through the VTNG Public Affairs mailbox at: firstname.lastname@example.org.