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.”

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