The U.S. Department of Defense's Humanitarian Demining Training Center (HDTC) is the U.S. Government focal point for mine action training. The Center is located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, providing the training and subject-matter expertise for the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) Program. The HDTC's primary mission is to train U.S. military personnel in accordance with International Mine Action Standards to assist mine-affected countries in establishing and building a self-sustained, indigenous HMA capacity. Training covers both HMA and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), with special emphasis on mine clearance, mine risk education, management of mine action and the U.N.-approved Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA).
The HDTC has extensive training areas, a large collection of inert landmines, various mine detectors, personal protective equipment and educational displays. The facility maintains a fully equipped, state-of-the-art computer classroom for in-depth IMSMA instruction whose software is populated with geographic information and infrastructure from the local Fort Leonard Wood area, including simulated hazard areas. This real-time application allows students to conduct realistic practical landmine surveys and input this information into the IMSMA system. The HDTC conducts field exercises within Fort Leonard Wood using built-up and rural areas that emphasize lesson-specific instruction. Surveys are conducted using "simulated" landmine-hazard areas within housing areas, on school grounds and around other nearby infrastructures. The Center also conducts extensive hands-on training that includes demining training lanes, metal-free detector lanes, mine and UXO identification lanes, a full-scale mine clearance demonstration area and a functioning Regional Mine Action Center that directly supports mine action situational training exercises.
Since its inception in 1996, the HDTC has trained more than 1,500 U.S. Special Operations Forces personnel who have deployed to 33 mine-affected countries in support of U.S. HMA program goals. The HDTC also trains thousands of U.S. civilian, military and NGO personnel in mine risk education and mine awareness.
Point of Contact: Rodney Robideau, Interim Director
U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Demining Training Center
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Web site: www.wood.army.mil/hdtc