GREENVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky's main training center for the Kentucky
National Guard celebrated its 50th anniversary with a ceremony honoring those
who have helped lay the groundwork for the success of the training site Sept.
Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) is constructed on
8,500 acres of reclaimed strip-mine land and features live-fire ranges,
hardened bivouac sites as well as many other necessary amenities to make it an
effective training site for the Soldiers in the region.
The training center is named after Wendell Ford, U.S. Senator and 53rd
Governor of Kentucky and only sat on 29 acres when it first opened.
"This celebration is a reflection on what WHFRTC used to be to what
it is today, a coal mine to a training center," said Lt. Col. J.B. Richmond,
Garrison Training Center deputy commander. "In the early 1990's the
National Guard Bureau and Kentucky leadership developed this area as the
regional training center for the Kentucky National Guard.”
Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kentuckyguard/albums/72157711072705436
The site is versatile and flexible to the ever-changing needs of the
The site also has complete year-round
accommodations, to include barracks and quarters for nearly 500 troops, a
400-seat dining hall, a drill hall and modern learning center for computer
"The vision the leaders had 50 years ago
and how it’s evolved has made it a first class combat training center,"
stated Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, deputy adjutant general. "WHFRTC
is our own premier training site that supports our Guard right here in the
Video link: &t=1s
Other features of the training site include their controlled humidity storage complex, complete maintenance facilities for military equipment, an engagement skills training center, an obstacle course and a 4,200 ft. grass runway that a C-130 Hercules could land on.