If all goes according to plan, members of the Maine Army National Guard won’t have to leave the state for large training and shooting exercises.

The Guard is the process of acquiring up to 6,000 acres of land in Woodville and Township 2 Range 9 in Penobscot County for use as a training facility. So far, 3,700 acres have been purchased, and Guard officials are talking with other landowners in the area who might be interested in selling.

Currently, especially when it comes to weapons training, Maine Army Guard members have to travel to bases in Massachusetts and Vermont and in some cases, New Brunswick.

Future uses for the site may include land navigation, tactical formations, convoy operations, medical evacuations, communications training, general purpose maneuver space and range operations.



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