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OLR Research Report


January 28, 2011

 

2011-R-0065

NAMING NATIONAL GUARD CAMPS

By: Joseph Holstead, Associate Analyst

You asked what naming convention states surrounding Connecticut use for National Guard camp sites.

In the other five New England states and New York, National Guard camp sites are generally named after military service members and governors. Connecticut and New Hampshire both have one camp named for the location (see Table 1 below).

TABLE 1: NAMES OF NATIONAL GUARD CAMP TRAINING FACILITIES

State

National Guard Camp/Training Facility Name

Connecticut

Camp Niantic* - named for location

Camp Hartell - named for Medal of Honor recipient 1st Lt. Lee R. Hartell (Korea)

Maine

Camp Keyes - named for Civil War Commander, Maj. Gen. Erasmus Darwin Keyes

Massachusetts

Camp Edwards - named for Maj. Gen. Clarence Edwards

Camp Guild - named for former service member and governor, Brig. Gen. Curtis Guild

New Hampshire

Center Strafford Training Site - named for location, Strafford, NH

New York

Camp Smith Training Site - named for Governor Alfred E. Smith

Rhode Island

Camp Varnum - named for General James Mitchell Varnum

Vermont

Camp Johnson (1945) - named for Adjudant General Herbert Thomas Johnson

*In 2010, Connecticut's legislature voted to permanently name the Niantic-located National Guard training site, which for decades had been named for sitting governors, “Camp Niantic” (PA 10-69).

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