Col. Frank A. Zenko
- Commander, CBJTC
Command Sgt. Maj. Virgil Robinson
- CSM, CBJTC
Year in Review - 2019
Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC), located near Starke, Florida, is a 73,000-acre premier training center in North Florida. The post has proven to be a valuable asset to State of Florida agencies as it serves as a Continuity of Government site for the Governor and his Executive Branch and a Continuity of Operations site for the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Joint Forces Headquarters-Florida. Camp Blanding also serves as a Joint Reception, Staging, and Onward Integration site, and a Logistical Support Base during emergency operations as part of our support to civil authorities. Camp Blanding hosts various Department of Emergency Management academies, focusing on county emergency managers from around the state, designed to enhance capabilities in response to natural disasters or state emergencies. Additionally, Camp Blanding’s value as a critical, strategic asset for the training and mobilization of units has been repeatedly validated with continued federal homeland and overseas contingency operations.
The training center provides quality service, training areas, ranges, education facilities, simulation platforms, maintenance, and other services to Florida’s National Guard and to numerous federal, state, and local customers spanning the Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational spectrum. This diverse customer base keeps CBJTC relevant while providing various revenue streams to sustain our capability.
As a key stakeholder in the region, CBJTC continues to grow new partnerships and enhance existing ones, such as its relationship with the Keystone Airpark. The availability of this airpark has improved CBJTC’s ability to support capabilities to satisfy or exceed its customers’ expectations. Camp Blanding continues to partner with Clay County Development Authority as well as Clay Economic Development Corporation to protect and improve CBJTC infrastructure through the execution of grant funds awarded by Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Defense Support Task Force.
Camp Blanding aspires to be the premier domestic and combat training facility in the southeast U.S with a focus on Unified Land Operations up to a brigade-sized element. It continually seeks opportunities to offer training to our Unified Action Partners, both federal and state, while showcasing its capabilities as a state-of-the-art, year-round, training venue.