The Camp Edwards Training Area is 15,000 acres of undeveloped land in the northern portion of the base and is home to maneuvering and patrol training areas; small arms ranges; helicopter landing zones; nuclear, biological, and chemical training bunkers; and an extensive road network used for convoy and driver training.
Camp Edwards has a recently updated Tango range, a small arms range, which is approved for the use of lead ammunition. Additional ranges will be operational using lead ammunition soon.
Battle Simulation Center
The Battle Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art facility with a JANUS hardware and software suite, flexible room configuration, built-in PA, DVD, and power point systems. The center supports a wide range of tailored training events to include: Warfighter Exercises; Virtual Battlefield Trainer (VBT); multi-agency table top exercises; and it has also been used as an Emergency Operation Center during a disaster response operation.
Tactical Training Base (TTB) Kelley
The TTB is an individual military city that resides within the training site itself. The TTB is largely made up of staged military camps (tents), modular units, and open field space. The entire city is designed to simulate military life in Iraq, Afghanistan, or the Balkans.
Soldiers live in tents with modular units provided for shower and sink facilities. The base is surrounded by barriers filled with dirt and barbed wire, entry control points and guard towers. There is a modular “mayor’s office” from which the commanding officer manages the TTB.
The TTB is part of a larger concept called theater immersion training. Theater immersion training places units into an environment comparable to the one that they will encounter in combat.
It is designed to rapidly build combat-ready units led by competent, confident leaders and manned by battle-proofed soldiers who embody the Warrior Ethos. This training environment uses a multilevel approach that provides a combat training center-like experience that replicates conditions in the theater of operation.
Plans are to construct a 7,540-square-foot Live Fire Shoot House with support facilities, of permanent-type construction, to serve the missions of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. This facility will permit all personnel to perform essential combat tasks that will improve their readiness posture prior to mobilization.
This facility will support small arms familiarization in a confined environment for all personnel assigned to the Massachusetts Army National Guard, as well as support collective training and pre-mobilization requirements for deploying units.
This project is urgently required to provide a facility where soldiers can train on the close quarters combat skills that they face during overseas combat deployments. Soldiers are being put in unfamiliar situations and this training will better prepare them and support force protection.
This facility will also be used by other Department of Defense and federal agencies to better prepare them for room clearing operations.
Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Training Site Calero
The MOUT training site is a facility designed to meet the training requirements of a company-sized unit in an urban environment. Camp Edwards’ MOUT site is 48 buildings constructed from connex containers, 1-2 stories high, with a mixture of rubble and complete structures. The village will provide for a residential area, school, marketplace, and worship area. It also has a building used for training classes and after action review sessions.
Soldiers learn how to clear rooms and buildings in built-up areas, conduct house-to-house searches by foot in hostile urban areas and distinguish between the characteristics of an innocent civilian and an embedded insurgent aiming to do harm.
Soldiers training at the MOUT engage is realistic scenarios that require them to travel in convoys and encounter role players posing as civilians on the battlefield or opposing forces.
Regional Training Institute
The Regional Training Institute (RTI) is home to the oldest state-run Officer Candidate School in the United States, and the first accredited state-run Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The facility has six classrooms of 12 to 50 seats, two of which are computer labs, distance learning and video conferencing capabilities.
Additional Training Resources
Emergency Driver Training
Sub-divisional road grid for urban role playing
Air Assault and Pathfinder courses
Airmobile operations (H60/HU25/DOD)
Ordnance storage facility
Additional conference facilities: 475-seat post theater
Civilian First Responder Training
Camp Edwards supports civilian first responder training hosting large scale and table top inter-agency training exercises.
Many of the training facilities at Camp Edwards are used for civilian first responder training applications such as the Live and Simulated Small Arms Training Ranges (indoor and outdoor), Obstacle Course, Leadership Reaction Course, the Battle Simulation Center and the Driver Training Area to name a few.
Camp Edwards is a high-value training facility at a low cost and is easily accessible by major highways.