The U.S. Army Reserve Training Center: Making Reservists Combat-Ready

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The camera angles are tight, the action is compelling, and the 30-second rock and roll instrumental pulls no punches. If the latest U.S. Army Reserve ad is any indication, the Army is primed for battle. Their tagline, “The Army is Ready to Fight,” exudes adrenaline and aptitude. The White Plains-based U.S. Army Reserve Training Center, now open, will help reservists keep their A-games strong.

The new Army Reserve Training Center is home to the 99th Army Training Group, which supports missions domestically and abroad. The site was acquired by the U.S. Government in 2015, when they decided to consolidate three existing centers into one. The almost 90,000-square-foot facility provides tactical training for 200 reserve soldiers every weekend, honing operational responsiveness. It also employs about 50 full-time staff from existing sites.

When the U.S. Government was looking to consolidate existing centers in Upper Marlboro, Annapolis, and Riverdale, White Plains’ 40-minute distance to major federal and military installations was a deciding factor. Charles County’s acres of buildable land, low-cost utilities, and affordable real estate were considerations aligned with their budget.

The 78,000-square-foot training facility, the 5,000-square-foot vehicle shop, and the 5,000-square-foot maintenance building will give the troops the space to succeed.

The National Defense Strategy points to greater struggles for global power, particularly with competitors like Russia and China. Operations at the Army Reserve Center aim to advance military technology and effectiveness. With the 2019 National Defense Strategy Summary emphasizing collaboration, access to federal contracting firms, the Naval Support Facility Indian Head, and 5,000 Department of Defense employees locally may inspire new tactics.

Local hotels, restaurants, and retailers also will benefit from 200 fresh reservist faces per weekend. Lodging, dining, and shopping experiences close to the Fox Tail Business Center will keep relaxation and recreation close at hand. Retailers and hospitality management companies anticipate a favorable economic impact benefitting all businesses.

“The Army Reserve Training Center is massively important to the training, recruitment, and retention of troops serving America,” said Lucretia Freeman-Buster, Chief of Business Development for the Charles County EDD. We anticipate a powerful impact on communities locally, nationally, and abroad.”

Views from Charles

#MyCharlesCounty and other ways to make a difference

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2019

For those who work in economic development, pointing out a community’s assets is part of the job.  But sometimes, it’s what its citizens say that makes a difference.  This is a true story told by a local businessman who’s now in Southern Maryland but moved here from another state. 

“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice
President

Just Tech

 

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck

Owner

Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn

President

The Welburn Organization