2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Department of Defense Humanitarian Demining Training Center

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

The Department of Defense Humanitarian Demining Training Center (HDTC) at Fort Lee, Virginia, serves as the primary information and instructional center for the U.S. government’s Humanitarian Mine Action program. HDTC supports Department of Defense humanitarian mine action strategy by providing training and education in explosive remnants of war (ERW) disposal to U.S. forces deployed in mine-affected countries.

Specifically, HDTC teaches ERW disposal to U.S. forces using train-the-trainer instructional methods that stress the operational procedures and practices of partner nations’ humanitarian mine action programs. To graduate from the humanitarian mine action basic course, students must demonstrate proficiency in humanitarian mine action operations ranging from basic deminer tasks to ERW disposal. All trainings are carried out in accordance with U.S. law, policy, and International Mine Action Standards and are provided to partner nations accepted into the U.S. humanitarian mine action program.

Since 1996, HDTC graduates have conducted humanitarian mine action missions in 49 countries in support of the U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Southern Command humanitarian mine action programs.

HDTC is funded by Overseas Humanitarian Disaster and Civic Aid (OHDACA) appropriation. U.S. forces use OHDACA funding to attend HDTC humanitarian mine action courses and conduct pre-deployment surveys, humanitarian mine action training operations, and partner-nation training.

 Date: 2015 Description: Mobile training team in Rota, Spain (2014). HDTC staff supported the USAFRICOM humanitarian mine action program by conducting train-the-trainer in landmine clearance operations.  © Photo courtesy of HDTC. 

Jonathan D. Green, Director
Department of Defense
Humanitarian Demining Training Center
1321 Battle Drive, Building 9024
Fort Lee, Virginia 23801

telephone: +1 804-734-7929
email: jonathan.d.green.civ@mail.mil
website: www.wood.army.mil/hdtc