The nesting boxes are designed to house the kestrels, who are cavity nesters, so they may have less competition for nesting locations. The boxes also allow easy access to the birds so they may be monitored and banded.

Banding of Kestrel‘s to Stop a 20-year Decline

Dugway Proving Ground is home to many indigenous creatures, one being the American kestrel, the smallest falcon in North America. Dugway‘s Environmental Programs Division teamed up with Boise State University to study the kestrels on the installation. Studies indicate kestrels have been on a long-term decline nationally. While no clear factor has been attributed to this, potential factors include land-use changes and increased competition for nests. Through further study of these birds, researchers can continue to gather the information to find the causes of their decline. How they do so is through the use of color bands and nesting boxes. The boxes allow a... Read More

Soldiers at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, practice sample transfer and decontamination techniques.

Close-up on Dugway Proving Ground, Utah

As World War II approached, the U.S. government was on the hunt for a large, desolate area to test protective equipment and powerful weapons such as chemical sprays, biological agents and firebombs. It settled on a remote area in the desert of northwest Utah where, in 1942, Dugway Proving Ground was established. The site was put on standby status when World War II... Read More

Brig. Gen. William Boruff, commanding general of the Mission and Installation Contract Command visited Dugway Proving Ground May 22, 2019. At the remote Army post in the Utah desert, defenses against chemical and biological agents are tested. Here, Brian Fausett, chief of the Chemical Operations Branch, explains how a SMARTMAN fixture (in the chamber beside the general) is used to test respirators and gas masks.

Interview with General William Boruff, Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) Questions and Answers

Brigadier General William Boruff is the commanding general of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC), headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio ‘ Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He has been commander since July 2017.... Read More

A newly formed flight crew will provide acceptance verification for the Shadow unmanned aircraft system at the Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center (RIAC), a tenant organization at Dugway Proving Ground

Creation of New RIAC Flight Crew Underway

The Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center (RIAC), a tenant organization at Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), is setting its own course for success with the creation of a new contractor flight crew. ‘... Read More

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U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground is the nation's leading test center for Chemical and Biological Defense, conducting efficient testing and support to enable our nation's defenders, inter-agency partners and our Allies to counter chemical, biological, radiological, and explosives (CBRE) hazards.

Dugway Proving Ground provides unparalleled testing, evaluation, training and technical support while maintaining a world-class workforce, facilities and quality of life for our employees and their families.

Established: 1942
Location: Northwestern Utah
Size: 800,000 acres
Elevation: 4,500 -7,000 feet above sea level
Temperature: -15 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit

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