New life breathed into historic military training site in Meadville area

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A historic military training site that was shut down for more than five years is now open again for a new generation of soldiers to use.

We attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Keystone Local Training Area.

The Keystone Military Training Site just outside of Meadville is getting a new lease on life after it was shut down due to not being up to current safety standards.

Major General Mark Palzer of the US Army Reserve tells us, “We have a leadership training course, we have a repelling tower here and it’s used extensively by the ROTC unit; even has a landing zone.”

Palzer listed just some of the things this site has to offer. 

In 2018, the US Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division and the Army Reserve’s 458th Engineer Battalion began a project to bring the site up to current safety codes.

Palzer tells us, “The great thing about it is it’s local to the area. We don’t have much anywhere nearby, so we’re able to capture units from two to three hours out, which will enable us to spend more time training and less time traveling.”

The Keystone Site used to be one of the largest ammunition plants in the United States back in the 1960’s.

Master Sergeant Caleb Padgett tells us, “I’m a student of history, so it’s really great to know that we’re revitalizing something that was used in the past for this and it’s pretty neat. “

Padgett is stationed in Jamestown, Pennsylvania and says he is looking forward to using the site.

This site also played a major part in World War II.

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