Clipped From Redlands Daily Facts
Aimy renpes Camp Irwin Fort Irwin Camp Irwin at Barstow has been designated as a permanent military post and has been named Fort Irwin, the Department of the Army announced hi Washington, D.C. yesterday. The Army Armor and Desert Training Center covers over 1,000 square miles of rugged desert terrain. In addition to training for the regular Army it is also u.sed by National Guard and Reserve training. At present there are three battalions of California's National Guard 40th Armored Division training on the post. This includes men from Redlands' Company C. The Nevada National Guard recently completed its encampment there. It was started prior to World Wai- II when it was designated the Mojave Anti-Aircraft Range, and as such was primarily concerned with anti-aircraft techniques and training. In 1942 the name was changed to Camp Irwin in honor of RIaj. Gen. George L. Irwin, a World War I Field Artillery commander. Camp Irwin was actively operat ed until 1944, then placed on standby status. In 1951. following the opening shots of the Korean campaign, the camp was reactivated with the mission to provide armor training. The post has been active since that date and recently has provided periods of desert training for 5,000 National Guardsmen, 2,000 Reseives and several active Army units. Training emphasis is on teamwork by all branches of the Army.