Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Hosts Chamber Membership LuncheonGlynco, GA Jun 25, 2013
Glynco, GA -- The FLETC hosted approximately 200 of the members of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 25, for their annual membership luncheon. FLETC Director Connie Patrick welcomed the group and spoke about the practical exercise areas which have been recently completed. The Practical Applications/Counterterrorism Operations Training Facility (PA/CTOTF) encompasses the design, development and construction of five practical training sites covering 101 acres: International, Intermodal, Situation Training Complex, Urban, and Suburban.
Following the luncheon, guests toured the FLETC’s most recent addition to its training venues. The recently completed “Danis City” is in honor of Commander Anthony L. Danis, the first commanding officer of the first airship squadron stationed at Glynco Naval Air Station in 1943. FLETC is the former home of the Glynco NAS, which was the operating base for Airship Squadrons One and Two. The airships were used primarily for patrol and convoy, comprised of as many as 100 ships accompanied by several airships flying ahead in search of enemy submarines.
“Like the blimps from Glynco Naval Air Station, the Danis City complex will also support national security by providing an even more realistic range of environments where students will test their knowledge of the tactics they have learned,” Patrick noted. The urban area includes a federal building, retail shops, apartments and a use-of-force complex. Examples of the mini shopping area include a café, liquor store, bank, post office and grocery store. The suburban portions includes seven residential homes, a trailer park, mini storage, tavern, and a tactical training facility.
The tour of the facility gave chamber members a first-hand look at how these environments will better test students’ learning experience.
The FLETC trains the majority of federal officers and agents in the United States. In addition to providing training for over 90 federal partner organizations, FLETC also provides training to state, local, tribal and international police in selected advanced programs; graduates approximately 70,000 students annually and is the largest law enforcement training organization in the country.
Headquartered on a 1600-acre campus at Glynco, near Brunswick, Georgia, the FLETC operates facilities in Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; and Cheltenham, Maryland. The FLETC also has oversight responsibility on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security for the International Law Enforcement Academies at Gaborone, Botswana; and Bangkok, Thailand.