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Minnesota National Guard
Arden Hills Army Training Site
The Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS) is a military training area of Minnesota National Guard and the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs.

Mission

AHATS serves as a local training area (LTA) for all military services, law enforcement and civilian agencies as well as environmental and wildlife conservation programs. This training area provides the customer with the highest quality training atmosphere and resources available while continuing a positive relationship with partnering agencies and the local community.


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Arden Hills Army Training Site
Description

Formally known as the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, the facility produced over 16.5 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition for World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam conflict. The site of the Minnesota National Guard Training Area is currently occupying the acreage used for storage and ammunition testing. Although some structures of the Twin Cities Ammunition Plant still exist, the Minnesota National Guard Training Area, known as AHATS, is separated and is managed by separate agencies.

The Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS) is a military training area under the control of Minnesota National Guard and the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. While the land is federally owned, it and all activities are managed by the DMA through the Camp Ripley Operations and Range Control Office.

AHATS is considered Camp Ripley south, and the rules that apply at Camp Ripley apply at AHATS. Absolutely nothing is different except that there is no live fire, blank ammunition and pyrotechnics.

Units will request the use of AHATS by submitting an ATS Form 23 no later than 30 days prior to the requested date. A full time (AGR or Technician) NCO of the unit requesting a training area is required to attend a Training Area Coordination (TAC) briefing at the Arden Hills City Hall with the TAC within three months of using AHATS. This NCO will then act as the Point of Contact with the AHATS TAC.
General Information

National Guard Bureau Installation Classification: Collective Training Center

Total Post Area:
Total Post 1,500 acres
Current Cantonment 300 acres
Current Training Area 1,200 acres

Terrain:
Level plain to rolling hills

Vegetation:
Open field to forested (prairie woodland transition) Water:
Small lake and wetlands

Weather:
Temperature extremes -39 to 101o F
Summer average 60 to 90o F
Winter average -10 to 35o F
Rainfall average 25 to 30 in.
Snowfall average 50 to 60 in.

Training Area Supports:
300+ personnel

Armor/Mechanized:
Limited Non-Tactical

Facilities:
All facilities are new or recently upgraded
New operational and support infrastructure postured to meet future needs
Landing Zones supports up to CH-47 helicopters.

Distances to Major Cities:
Minneapolis 10 miles
St. Paul 11 miles
St. Cloud 72 miles

Military Training:
Common Solider Skills, Small Unit Tactics, Land Navigation, Road March, Communications, First Aid, Detainee Operations, Improvised Explosive Devise, Chemical and Decontamination, Military Operations Urban Terrain (MOUT), Single/Multi Ship Aviation Operations, Survive Escape Resist Evade Training, Forward Area Refueling Point Operations, Hoist and Recovery, Air Assault, MEDEVAC, Drivers Training, Convoy Operations, Load Planning, Vehicle Recovery, Staging Area Operations, Field Training Exercises, Command Post Exercises.

Partnership Agency Training:
Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Rescue, Remote Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement Skills Training, Riot/Crowd Control, SWAT, K9 Training.

Training Aids and Simulations:
Individual Gunnery Trainer, Laser Marksmanship Training System, Machine Gun Training System, Mini Remote Target System, Sniper Training System, Virtual Battle Space 2, THOR III, EST 2000.
Articles

Guard Goes Green State-wide [AUDIO]
02/28/2014

Arden Hills: THE Twin Cities Training Center
02/12/2014

Prepared for the road
01/14/2014

Minnesota Guard Builds on Environmental Commitment
11/20/2013

Combat Survival Training sets up Airmen for Success
06/19/2013

Minnesota National Guard unit home after Afghan stint
12/03/2012

Veterans return home on Veterans Day
11/11/2012

Survival training prepares aviators
09/16/2012

Ground-breaking ceremony scheduled Tuesday at Arden Hills Army Training Site
11/07/2011

Austin's Guard unit to move to Arden Hills
10/24/2011

Minnesota National Guard stays busy at Arden Hills site
07/18/2011

Arden Hills breaks ground
05/13/2010

Army Ammunition Plant Celebrates New Life
05/13/2010

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Arden Hills Army Training Site
05/12/2010

Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills gets new life - Thursday
05/12/2010

Spring start planned for $11M armory in Arden Hills
02/05/2010

Arden Hills viewing spot gets makeover
10/06/2009

National Guard construction booming despite industry woes
08/25/2008

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Tower Removal
06/06/2007


Resources

ATS Form 23.pdf

Landing Zone SOP.pdf

AHATS Map.pdf

Pyrotechnics Usage at AHATS.doc

Range Regulation.pdf
Contact

Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
mn.ng.web@mail.mil
651-282-4410
 
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