PA National Guard Invites Public to Fort Indiantown Gap Open House

Free event to showcase the value of the National Guard

Aug 18, 2014, 14:24 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania National Guard is scheduled to host a free public open house at Muir Army Airfield, Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County, on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m., and the event will continue until to 4 p.m. The entrance to the event will be located at the corner of Fisher Avenue and Smathers Road.

"We chose this theme, 'The Value of the National Guard,' to highlight two things—our capabilities, and our cost-effectiveness.  I'm extending an invitation to all members of our community to come and enjoy the day while discovering the value of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Fort Indiantown Gap," said Pennsylvania adjutant general Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig.

This family-friendly event will feature: helicopters, tanks, trucks, a rock wall, a bounce house, food vendors, historical vehicle dedications, and live music performances by the USO Troupe and the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. The Pennsylvania National Guard military museum will also be open for the event.

This event will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit the event website at, or call 717-861-8829.

Fort Indiantown Gap, headquarters to the DMVA and Pennsylvania National Guard, offers more than 17,000 acres and 140 training areas and facilities for year-round training. It balances one of the region's most ecologically diverse areas with a military mission that annually supports 19,000 Pennsylvania National Guard personnel and more than 130,000 other states' Guard, military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel each year. It is the only live-fire, maneuver military training facility in Pennsylvania.

Media contact: Maj. Angela King-Sweigart, office 717-861-8829, cell 717-821-7486

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs