VERMONT — As part of the defense budget signed by President Trump on Friday, the Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho will receive $30 million for a new facility.
“I’m proud to support a great mission run by the Vermont National Guard to provide instruction in mountaineering and maneuvering through difficult terrain,” said U.S Senator Patrick Leahy.
“Now we can replace today’s aging facility to meet safety needs of today and rising demand.”
The new facility will improve training, and help install the skills needed to maneuver, regardless of the terrain.
Groundbreaking will most likely take place in late 2020.
Members of the Army Mountain Warfare School provided mountain warfare and cold weather training to a variety of US and Afghan conventional operations forces on a deployment in 2005, and again in 2010.
Instructors went to Afghanistan with the Asymmetric Warfare Group to serve as subject matter experts on mountain warfare, and to gather lessons learned to bring back to the schoolhouse.
“Vermont will receive Military Construction funding for design and construction of an 82,600 square feet, state of the art, Army Mountain Warfare School (AMWS) facility at Ethan Allen Firing Range,” said Michael Bleau, Deputy Construction and Facilities Management Officer.
Bleau confirmed the project will begin as early as January 2020 with the expectation of construction completion expected in early 2022.
The Vermont Army National Guard Mountain Warfare School was established in 1983 to train local soldiers, and in 2003 the school was remade into the United States Army Mountain Warfare School.
It was designated the Executive Agent for military mountaineering with the United State Army Infantry School as its proponent and became responsible for teaching both active and reserve component soldiers.