Government Training Institute Newsletter January 2009

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GTI Monthly Mission Brief
A Message from GTI President Chadd Harbaugh

This past year has been an incredible journey. In July, our acquisition of land resulted in a move of our training facility from Idaho to South Carolina. During this move, four of our long-standing employees travelled 2,500 miles cross country with their families. Additionally, three South Carolina residents have joined our elite team, and we look forward to their many years of service.

GTI is quickly gaining widespread recognition among all disciplines of homeland security, and our collaboration efforts with other law enforcement and military agencies is multiplying. As we continue to address the readiness needs of this nation, the tempo at which GTI delivers training to first responders (at our facility in South Carolina and throughout the U.S. in a MTT format) is picking up pace.

From coast to coast, the need for DHS funded curriculum is evidenced by the number of students enrolled in GTI programs. The increase in number of homeland security discipline professionals attending GTI courses is a quest for excellence in counterterrorism techniques among our nation's finest. I'm pleased to be part of an elite organization that facilitates it, and I hope you'll join us.

Happy New Year & Best Wishes in 2009!
Chadd Harbaugh, GTI President
Facility Update

Six Phase Renovation Project

The final phase GTI's six phase renovation project is underway and slated for completion this month. Current project highlights include:
  • Explosive Breaching Magazine Relocated
  • Rappel Tower Erected
  • Classroom Renovation (Three of Four Complete)
  • Range Construction (Underway)
  • Communication Network (AC, Phones and Internet) Installed
Homeland Security Training Center

GTI Barnwell Complex

The Barnwell complex was formerly a Chem-Nuclear fuels reprocessing station that GTI has converted into a homeland security training center for advanced law enforcement and military training scenarios. The Barnwell complex includes:
  • Decommissioned nuclear station
  • Low light training areas for Night Vision Goggles (NVG) and thermal imagers
  • Towers and ascending structures for fast roping and rappelling at multiple heights and difficulties
  • Live fire range scalable up to 800 yards
  • Defensive driving track for convoy operations and Personal Security Detail (PSD) training
  • Controlled access, private-water training area
  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) training range
  • Short Range Training Ammunition (SRTA) capable CQB training areas throughout complex
  • Explosive breaching complex
The Government Training Institute (GTI) was founded in 2003 to address needs of state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States with research based training. GTI's multiple courses contain a cooperative curriculum base and ongoing research from the staff with 400 years of operational military and law enforcement experience.

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