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National Guard Formally Accepts Ft. Irwin Nov. Don tro- The California National Guard will officially assume control of its "third permanent training site tomorrow when Ma.i. Gen. Glenn C. Ames, commanding general of the California National Guard, formally receives Ft. Irwin from the United States Arniv. The ceremony is Board Names Head of Data Unit Acting Los Ange'.es County supervisors yesterday appointed an acting director for the Dept. of Data Processing to "clear the air" after reports of "unsatisfactory conditions" in the department. \V. T. Kidweil. chief deputy treasurer-tax collector, was recommended a n d s u bsecuently approved as acting department head for a 60-day period. scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The desert and armor training site is located 37 miles northeast of Bars t ow. midway between Barstow and Death Valley. The California National Guard already operates Camp Roberts and owns Camp San Luis Obispo, both of which are located along the central California coast approximately m i d w ay between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Review Scheduled The change of command ceremony will include a c o l o r f u l , h i storical mounted review which will include military hardware of yesteryear, as well as the most modern hardware currently in the inventory of the California Army National Guard. Ft. Irwin. the only desert training area in the United States, contains approximately 1000 square miles, including 577,076 acres ior training, firing ranges and impact areas. T h e p o s t i s large enough to allow training by brigade size units, including tank and artillery firing at maximum ranges. L o c ated on a high, desert plateau, the training area contains several dry lake be*ts and rugged m o u n t ain ranges, including Avawartz Range, elevation 6155 feet; Tiefort Range, elevation 5043 feet; and Granite Range, elevation 4452 feet. The post itself is at an elevation of 2505 feet. Established in 19-10 Used as a maneuver area for armored vehicles by Gen. George S. Patton during the late 1930's. the area has a recorded history dating back to 1844 when Capt. John C. Fremont and his scout, Kit Carson, camped in the Bitter Springs area. The post was first estab- Mayor Urges Businesses lished as a military reservation in 1940 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and named Camp Irwin in 1942 in honor of Maj. Gen. G. Leroy battle commander of the 57th Field Artillery Brigade. The camp was deactivated in 1944, reactivated in 1951, renamed Ft. Irwin in 1961 and remained active until it was again deactivated in 1971. The California Army National Guard assumed control of the facility on Sept. 1. 1972. Post Houses 5500 With the take-over of the post, the National Guard will take possession of 1106 buildings and s t r u ctures, enough house 5500 officers and men and more than 500 families. P ermanent structures built within the last 10 years include: a hospital, chapel, a bowling alley, post exchange, a cafeteria, a service station, a commissary, a bank, a post office, a theater and numerous work buildings. An airfield with three landing strips is also located on the post and can be manned on a 24-hour basis.