Rep. Charlie Dent, PA-15, and Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Carrelli, acting adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard, showcased Fort Indiantown Gap for Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, on Thursday.

Dent used the visit to highlight the important contributions that the Gap offers to the nation, the commonwealth and the Lebanon community. The installation is the county’s largest employer with an economic impact of over $500 million.

"Her visit provided us with an opportunity to personally stress the value that this premier training installation adds to our national defense infrastructure,” Dent, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, said in a news release.

The Gap is currently the busiest National Guard Training Center in the country, according to the news release. More than 100,000 troops receive instruction and training at the base every year. Muir Army Air Field conducts 77,000 annual sorties, making it the second busiest heliport in the United States and a premier international aviation training center.

Hammack’s responsibilities include developing sustainability policies and the oversight of environmental initiatives, resource management, military construction projects and operations and maintenance. She also deals with the base realignment and closure process along with the Army’s installations safety and occupational health programs.

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