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Press Release
April 16, 2001
Guard assists with Klamath Falls Sports Complex
KLAMATH FALLS—The Oregon Army National Guard’s Innovative Readiness Training Program (IRT) will send a crew of eight soldiers, primarily from Detachment 1, 162 Engineer Company, Coos Bay, to the Klamath Falls Sports Complex for four weeks to grade portions of the site in preparation for further development. The park is being developed by the non-profit Klamath Community Sports Complex as a public facility for the entire community through donations and volunteer effort.

IRT began in 1984 as the "Environmental Projects Program." The National Guard Bureau authorized a special one-year program to support projects in state and federal parks. The first projects were completed during the summer of 1985.
Over the years, the Environmental Projects Program has held numerous names, most recently "Civil-Military Construction Projects." At the end of 1998, National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., unified the 50 different construction programs from around the country into the "Innovative Readiness Training Program." The primary purpose of the program is to provide additional training opportunities for soldiers within their military occupational specialty (MOS) while providing a valuable asset to local communities.
Since its inception, National Guard engineers have used IRT to improve Oregon communities and train soldiers for real-world applications. For more than a decade, the Oregon Army National Guard has completed projects for federal, state and local agencies; and numerous cities, towns, organizations and public elementary, middle and high schools throughout Oregon.
To be considered for the IRT program, projects must meet the following criteria: provide training to enhance mission capabilities; add value to communities; support non-profit organizations; enhance public awareness of the National Guard; and not compete with private enterprises.
The IRT program typically completes 25 to 30 projects each year. These projects are spread around the state and vary from building construction to earthmoving.
The 2000 results of the project include sand movement during the winter and spring, and three snowy plover nests in the cleared area. The threatened plovers hatched chicks, reinforcing a new strategy for recovering the species to the level where access restrictions to the beach during breeding times are unnecessary.
The National Guard is participating in the Overlook Dunes Restoration Project through the Innovative Readiness Training Program. The program was started in 1984 by the National Guard Bureau to give soldiers hands-on training in, and a chance to add improvements to, their local communities. For over a decade, the National Guard has completed projects for the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the State of Oregon, and numerous cities, towns and non-profit organizations.
For more information contact:
Maj. Jeff Julum
Public Affairs Officer
(503) 945-3885