Frequently Asked Questions

Q.

Will Fort Carson use eminent domain and condemnation to acquire more land at
Pinon Canyon?

A. If the expansion of PCMS moves forward eminent domain and condemnation will not be used to buy land. The Army will only acquire land through negotiated direct purchases rather than condemnation.

Q.

Why does Fort Carson need more training land?

A. The Army and Fort Carson have a validated need for additional training land to train Soldiers for combat. The Army does two things, train for combat and go to combat. Soldiers stationed at Fort Carson must receive training at their home station. Soldiers are deploying overseas for 15 months at a time, so when they come home, they deserve to spend as much time with their families as possible. If we cannot provide the necessary training for our Soldiers close to home, they will have to spend even more time away from their families. Additionally, today's ever changing threats and the Global War on Terrorism have resulted in the need for weapons systems with greater capability and longer range, and units that can be rapidly deployed and maneuver over great distances to achieve their objectives. We must train our Soldiers in the tactics, techniques, and procedures that they will face on this new battlefield. We must ensure that our Soldiers receive realistic training in an environment that replicates in real-time and real-distance, the challenges of combat. Fort Carson was identified as one of the few Army installations that have the potential for land acquisition and establishment of a large training area, which simulates these real world operational environments that will provide the crucial training our Soldiers deserve.

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Why doesn't Fort Carson just send Soldiers to the National Training Center to train instead of expanding Pinon Canyon?

A. The National Training Center is considered the Army's premier training site where units from all over the United States, to include Army Reserve and National Guard units, go to fine-tune their unit combat skills immediately prior to deployment. At installations like Fort Carson, units must train on a regular basis to maintain their proficiency and conduct exercises to get ready for their pre-deployment NTC training. The NTC was not established nor is routinely available, due to the high density and frequency of use, to conduct the day-to-day unit proficiency training required by Fort Carson. Furthermore, it is unfair to ask Soldiers returning home from more than a year away from their families to once again pack up and head off to another state for training, taking even more time away from home to train. Additionally, it can cost upwards of 10 million dollars to send a Brigade Combat Team to the NTC, if the NTC is available for training and not being used by other Brigade Combat Teams.