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NTC AND 11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT MUSEUM, FORT IRWIN, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, USA



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Location Category ID:
54300
Address: Building 222, 1st Street, Fort Irwin, CA 92310 (Physical)
P.O. Box 105029, Fort Irwin, CA 932310 (Postal)
Telephone: 760-380-6607
Email:
Opening Times: 11:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Official Website: Fort Irwin
NTC & 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Museum
Other Links: Wikipedia: Fort Irwin
Wikipedia: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Latitude, Longitude: 35.26047823 , -116.68793678
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: M47 Patton Tank - Rotary Centennial Park, Barstow, San Bernardino County, California, USA (Estimated 1990s)


[Incomplete Entry]
Fort Irwin and the National Training Center (NTC) is a major training area for the United States Military. Located in the Mojave Desert, the base is part of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM). The opposing force at the NTC is the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse Cavalry, who are stationed at the base to provide an enemy force to units on a training rotation at Fort Irwin.
In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Mojave Anti-Aircraft Range, a military reservation of approximately 1,000 square miles (3,000 square km). In 1942, it was renamed Camp Irwin, in honour of Major General George LeRoy Irwin, commander of the 57th Field Artillery Brigade during World War I, and it was subsumed into the Desert Training Center as one of its cantonment areas and some of its ranges. Two years later, Camp Irwin was deactivated and placed on surplus status. It reopened its gates in 1951 as the Armored Combat Training Area and served as a training centre for combat units during the Korean War. The post was designated a permanent installation on 1 August 1961 and renamed Fort Irwin. During the Vietnam build-up, many units, primarily artillery and engineer, trained and deployed from Fort Irwin.
In January 1971, the post was deactivated again and placed in maintenance status under the control of Fort MacArthur, Los Angeles, California. The California National Guard assumed full responsibility for the post in 1972 and until late 1980 used it as a training area. On 9 August 1979, the Department of the Army announced that Fort Irwin had been selected as the site for the National Training Center. With over 1000 square miles (2590 square km) for manoeuvre and ranges, an uncluttered electromagnetic spectrum, airspace restricted to military use, and its isolation from densely populated areas, Fort Irwin was an ideal site for this facility. The National Training Center was officially activated on 16 October 1980 and Fort Irwin returned to active status on 1 July 1981. The National Training Center and Fort Irwin now serves as the US Army’s premier training centre.
When William “Scott” Wallace became commanding General of the National Training Center in 1995, he instigated the creation of the NTC & 11th ACR Museum. The General had formerly served as the 55th Colonel of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment when it was deactivated in Germany in 1994, and was acquainted with the 11th ACR Collection that had been exhibited at the Regimental Museum in Germany. The museum opened its doors in a temporary location, Regimental Dining Facility 2, on 5 May 1996. The museum moved to its present location in 1999 at another former Dining Facility, Building 222, located on First Street. The museum houses two storylines under one roof: the history of military presence since 1844 on what is present day Fort Irwin; and the history of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from 1901 to the present.

11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Museum



Location ID:
54310
Latitude, Longitude:35.26139808, -116.68683171
Location Accuracy:6



1) M60A3 Tank American


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1334
Serial Number: 1364: “1364” stamped into front left tow lug and side of upper engine deck.
Registration: JJ05UF: “JJ05UF” stamped into side of lower engine deck.
Name:
Other Identification:

This M60A3 is currently in a storage yard (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).


2) M578 Armoured Recovery Vehicle American


Number of Photos:
0
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Unique ID: 1333
Serial Number: BMY1252 (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR)
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment HQ



Location ID:
54315
Latitude, Longitude:35.26700672, -116.68431044
Location Accuracy:7



3) M551 Sheridan Airborne Light Tank American


Number of Photos:
2
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Unique ID: 1335
Serial Number:
Registration: 12B49170 (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR): “US ARMY 12B49170” painted on hull sides.
Name:
Other Identification: Unidentified markings painted on nose. White ring painted around gun barrel.

This M551 is displayed on a concrete pad.


4) M26 Pershing Tank American


Number of Photos:
1
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Unique ID: 1392
Serial Number: 893 (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).
Registration: 30127639 (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).
Name:
Other Identification:

This M26 was previously at the Eglin AFB (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).

11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Motor Pool

This location is on Fort Irwin Road, between South Loop Road and 8th Street (source: C. Sherman).

Location ID:
54317
Latitude, Longitude:35.269085, -116.67714089
Location Accuracy:7



5) M47 Patton Tank American / Italian


Number of Photos:
2
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Unique ID: 1332
Serial Number: 1560 stamped into front right tow lug (source: J. Button).
Registration: 9A0334: “U.S.A. 9A0334” painted on side stowage boxes.
Name:
Other Identification: “26” painted on turret sides. “5-A 11-C” painted on front right and rear left mud flaps. “1-TK-26” painted on front left and rear right mud flaps. Data plate welded on hull rear plate.

This M47 sits in front of the 1/11th ACR motor pool parking lot entrance. It retains its engine and transmission. It has a data plate on the hull rear that indicates it was overhauled in Italy on 6 May 1968. (Source: J. Button).

Operations Group HQ

This location is at the intersection of B Avenue and 5th Street (source: C. Sherman).

Location ID:
54320
Latitude, Longitude:35.26659939, -116.68391615
Location Accuracy:7



6) M47 Patton Tank American / Italian


Number of Photos:
4
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Unique ID: 1331
Serial Number: 1022: “1022” stamped into front right tow lug (source: J. Button).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “102” welded onto glacis (source: C. Sherman). White stars painted on turret sides and glacis. “11AC 1B” painted on front right mud flap. “C10” painted on front left mud flap. Various crew awards painted on left turret side. (In 2005: NTC insignia painted on glacis. Unknown insignia painted on turret sides and glacis. Painted overall desert sand).

This M47 is displayed on a concrete pad. It has a data plate on the hull rear that indicates it was overhauled at Cittadella in Italy (source: J. Button).


7) M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer American


Number of Photos:
1
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Unique ID: 1336
Serial Number: 50021 (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR)
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

This M109 is displayed on a concrete pad.

58th Engineer Battalion Headquarters



Location ID:
54324
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
Location Accuracy:0



8) M60A3 Tank American


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1393
Serial Number: 1780A: “1780A” stamped into side of upper and lower engine decks.
Registration: JJ03YM: “JJ03YM” stamped into glacis (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).
Name:
Other Identification: White stars painted on turret sides and glacis.

This M60A3 is located at the motor pool and is awaiting a torsion bar replacement. It was upgraded at Anniston Army Depot. (Source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).

3rd Street and Barstow Road



Location ID:
54326
Latitude, Longitude:35.26276687, -116.68480396
Location Accuracy:6



9) M60A3 Tank American


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1394
Serial Number: 1778A: “1778A” stamped into side of upper and lower engine decks and front left tow lug. Also “5344” stamped into side of upper engine deck.
Registration: 09A22370 (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).
Name:
Other Identification: White stars painted on turret sides.

This M60A3 was upgraded at Anniston Army Depot (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).

5th Street and 7th Street



Location ID:
54328
Latitude, Longitude:35.26637382, -116.68269038
Location Accuracy:5



10) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1395
Serial Number: 71: “071” stamped into left side of engine decks. (“893” previously reported but incorrect).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Chrysler manufacturer’s plate fixed to hull rear. Text painted on dozer blade. Painted overall in a green and brown camouflage scheme.

This M728 is displayed on a concrete pad. It has a manufacturer’s plate fixed to the hull rear; this was common on Generation 2 hulls used for M60A1, AVLB and CEVs though many have lost the plate leaving just its mounting (source: J. Daneri). This plate reads:

CHRYSLER
CORPORATION
DEFENSE OPERATIONS
DIVISION
DETROIT, MICHIGAN


This CEV also has text painted on the dozer blade, this reads:

58TH COMBAT ENGINEER COMPANY
SUPER SAPPER
2001 PFC KRASE
2002 SPC DIXON
2003 PFC BUENING
2005 SPC HALES
2006
2007

Unknown Location



Location ID:
54340
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
Location Accuracy:0



11) M48 Patton Tank American


Number of Photos:
1
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Unique ID: 1337
Serial Number: 3599 (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).
Registration: 9A9031 (source: N. Baumgardner/USAAR).
Name:
Other Identification:

This M48 was on display at the main gate; however it is believed to have been replaced by an M1 Abrams tank and its current location and status are unknown.