Glynco, GA -- The FLETC hosted approximately 200 of the members ofthe Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 25, fortheir annual membership luncheon. FLETC Director Connie Patrickwelcomed the group and spoke about the practical exercise areas whichhave been recently completed. The PracticalApplications/Counterterrorism Operations Training Facility (PA/CTOTF)encompasses the design, development and construction of five practicaltraining sites covering 101 acres: International, Intermodal,Situation Training Complex, Urban, and Suburban.
Following the luncheon, guests toured the FLETC’s most recentaddition to its training venues. The recently completed “DanisCity” is in honor of Commander Anthony L. Danis, the firstcommanding officer of the first airship squadron stationed at GlyncoNaval Air Station in 1943. FLETC is the former home of the GlyncoNAS, which was the operating base for Airship Squadrons One and Two.The airships were used primarily for patrol and convoy, comprised of asmany as 100 ships accompanied by several airships flying ahead insearch of enemy submarines.
“Like the blimps from Glynco Naval Air Station, the Danis Citycomplex will also support national security by providing an even morerealistic range of environments where students will test theirknowledge of the tactics they have learned,” Patrick noted. The urbanarea includes a federal building, retail shops, apartments and ause-of-force complex. Examples of the mini shopping area include a café, liquor store, bank, post office and grocery store. Thesuburban 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 athow these environments will better test students’ learningexperience.
The FLETC trains the majority of federal officers and agents inthe United States. In addition to providing training for over 90federal 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 lawenforcement 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 alsohas oversight responsibility on behalf of the Department of HomelandSecurity for the International Law Enforcement Academies at Gaborone,Botswana; and Bangkok, Thailand.