Construction begins on new Fort Pickett urban training site

Engineer’s rendering of the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility under construction at Fort Pickett showing the new $8.8 million facility in the foreground and its proximity to the existing Military Operations in Urban Terrain site to add synergy to training at both sites.

Engineer’s rendering of the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility under construction at Fort Pickett showing the new $8.8 million facility in the foreground and its proximity to the existing Military Operations in Urban Terrain site to add synergy to training at both sites.

FORT PICKETT, Va. — Construction began April 15, 2013, on the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility at Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center near Blackstone. This $8.8 million construction project will create a five acre urban training environment with 17 buildings, roads, alleys, parking areas, parks, athletic fields and related infrastructure.

“This is a great addition to the training venue inventory available at Fort Pickett,” said Col. Bill Korsen, Fort Pickett garrison commander. “These types of projects enhance or improve Fort Pickett’s ability to provide the training platforms to support unit readiness.”

The new facility will be integrated with the existing Military Operations in Urban Terrain site. The project also includes a state of the art after action review center with remote cameras and targets set throughout both the CTF and the existing MOUT site in order to increase the overall training value of both facilities. The CTF is designed to support all military units from light infantry to heavy armor to include aviation and artillery units.

The CTF will significantly improve unit training at Fort Pickett for both overseas and homeland defense mission sets and is expected to draw more training units to Fort Pickett and the Blackstone area, Korsen said.

Clearing and grubbing is currently underway with all construction expected to be completed in October of 2014.