Tactical Training Base Kelley
Designed as a Forward Operating Base (FOB), Tactical Training Base (TTB) Kelley is designed to hold up to a Battalion sized element and is an integral part of pre-mobilization training. Part of a larger concept called theater immersion training; units within the FOB are placed into an environment comparable to the one that they will encounter in combat. The TTB is a fully functioning military city surrounded by HESCO barriers filled with dirt, barbed wire, entry control points, and guard towers. Designed to simulate military life in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Balkans, the city is largely made up of staged military camps (tents), modular units, and open field space. TTB Kelley features a combative pit, motor pool area, external landing zone, and large scale sand table, which enable units to prepare and conduct Army Warrior Task and Battle Drills training on-site. TTB Kelley has the ability to sleep 650 soldiers in tents with the capability to expand and hold up to two Battalions. Additional modular units include shower and sink facilities, a computer lab, administration/TOC tents, and a “mayor’s office” from which the commanding officer manages the FOB. The TTB includes a field kitchen and sanitation center cement pad, with electrical and water hookups. It is adjacent to a 30 foot exterior walk out cooler (41 degrees), and a Dining Tent. There is in-ground grey water disposal located at the cement pad. This Field Feeding area is a separate reservation site in RFMSS.
Calero Military Operations in Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) Site
The Calero MOUT site on Camp Edwards is designed to represent a Middle Eastern village. This site features 29 single and multi-floor structures that simulate a Mosque, school, market place, residential buildings, and six breaching doors. Soldiers learn how to clear rooms and buildings in built-up areas, conduct house-to-house searches on foot in hostile urban areas, and distinguish between the characteristics of an innocent civilian and an embattled foe or insurgent aiming to do harm. Soldiers engage in realistic scenarios that require them to travel in convoys and encounter role players posing as civilians on the battlefield or opposing forces. The MOUT is available for training of units from Platoon through Company level and provides for UTM, M116A1 grenade simulators, and blank firing exercises to be conducted. Army Warrior Task and Battle Drill training can also be completed using the MOUT Site. In addition, the facility is used to conduct Law Enforcement, Civil Disturbances, Emergency Responses, and other related training.
Leadership Reaction Course
The Leadership Reaction Course is comprised of 17 stations, with seven over land and ten over water, and is used for squad-level practical exercise. The facility is used to evaluate leadership potential and the Soldier’s ability to complete the course. The course develops self-confidence, builds leadership skills, encourages teamwork, and develops technical and tactical proficiency.
The Obstacle Course (OC) helps develop and test basic motor skills that are valuable for physical training and team interaction. It gives Soldiers confidence in their mental and physical abilities. There are two types of obstacle courses; conditioning and confidence. Conditioning courses have low obstacles and must be negotiated quickly, while a confidence course has higher, more challenging obstacles. Camp Edwards OC was built IAW TC 3-22.20, with six conditioning obstacles and three confidence obstacles. It is also a DA Certified Course used by the Mobile Training Team (MTT) for Air Assault School.
Rappel Towers 1 & 2
The Rappel Towers are used for training personnel on rappelling and fast roping operations (FRIES). Tower 1 has the ability to train on standard rappelling, window entries, window pick-offs, and skid side training. Tower 2 has the same abilities as tower 1 to include a 50-foot climbing wall and FRIES bar for fast rope training. This site also has two mock helicopters to conduct pre-mission training prior to actual helicopter operations. This area is widely used throughout the year for standard rappel training and air assault school.
Camp Edwards has four permanent land navigation courses. The Course Packets and Land Navigation Maps are available by request at Range Control. Land Navigation Course 1 is located in the A-2 training area; it has four lanes with a start point, three navigation control points, and an endpoint. A 100-meter pace count course is located on Herbert Road adjacent to this course. Land Navigation Course 2 is located in the A-5 training area and consists of five lanes. Each lane has a start point, two navigation control points, and an endpoint. Land Navigation Course 3 is located in the A-1 training area and has eight lanes. Land Navigation Course 4 is located in the C14-C15 training areas and consists of five lanes. Each lane has a start point, three navigation control points, and an endpoint.
Mounted Land Navigation
The Mounted Land Navigation Course is intended to increase the Soldier’s map-reading abilities. To complete the course, an individual or a team in a single-vehicle will plot the coordinates on a map and drive to each location. The locations are associated with established Battle Positions. Each Battle Position is clearly marked and has a small clearing available for common task training. Course start points and endpoints are Camp Edwards Range Control located on Wheelock Road. There is a Mounted Land Navigation Map and training packet available by request from Range Control. There are two courses, a long course that should take approximately two to three hours and a short course, which is one to two hours. Participants must remain on established roads at all times and obey all Camp Edwards Regulations. All restricted areas on the map or posted on the ground are off-limits. In addition, a Safety Officer must be present to use this facility, and communication with Range Control must be maintained.
Soldier Validation/Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Lane
The Soldier Validation Lane (SVL) training concept was developed to enhance the effectiveness and realism of existing pre-mobilization training. The SVL is a Home Station Training Lane (HSTL) for Counter Improvised Explosive Device related training utilizing containerized structures to create flexible “villages” or “urban clusters” at various locations throughout the Camp Edwards training area.
Engineer Dig Sites
Camp Edwards has three dig sites for heavy digging and earth moving training. Prior coordination is needed with Facilities Engineering (FE) and Range Control before the training event.
Hand Grenade Assault Course (HGAC)
The HGAC is used to train and test individual Soldiers on the skills necessary to employ hand grenades against stationary target emplacements. There are seven non automated stations. The course is to be used with practice grenades only.
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Training Area (NBC)
This facility consist of 5 bunkers with concrete floors and an improved road network. It may be used for NBC mask confidence, TOC operations, room clearing, simulations, and/or Objective 1 of the Home Station Training Lane. The NBC site also supports a designed village landscape to train Army Warrior Task and Battle Drill scenerios. Bunkers are wired for electricity but units must provide power generators.
Trench Fighting Position Training
An extensive trench system. The area is suitable for squad/platoon/company defense, trench clearing, blank ammo and simulations.
KD Range - Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Facility
Formerly a KD Range, the wide open range is now the prime location of UAS launch and recovery operations. Aircraft are able to launch, operate, and land inside of restricted special use airspace to conduct flight operations. At this time only group 1 small UAS platforms are authorized.
Helicopter Landing Zones/Pickup Zones (PZ)
Camp Edwards supports air mobility by providing numerous Landing Zones throughout the northern training area. Along with these designated locations, helicopter landings are allowed in nearly any open areas deemed safe by the flight crew and Range Control. This flexibility allows units to create realistic and targeted training scenarios.