10th Mountain Division’s Colorado Birthplace May Get Federal Protection

Concrete ruins of a field house at the site of Camp Hale (10th Mountain Division training facility during World War II) in Eagle County, Colorado. April 28, 2005.
Photo by Matthew Trump

A push is underway to declare Camp Hale, the Colorado birthplace of the 10th Mountain Division in World War II, as America’s first National Historic Landscape.

According to the Vail Daily, the designation would be a part of the proposed Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act, which would create three new wilderness areas in the region and expand nearby existing wilderness areas.

The new landscape designation is being proposed by U.S. Sen. Michael F. Bennet, D-Colo.

Camp Hale is already on the National Register of Historic Places, the paper reported.

The landscape designation would lead to the camp falling under the management of the U.S. Forest Service, according to the Aspen Daily News.

The 10th Mountain Division trained at the camp in central Colorado from 1942 to 1945.

Related: Army Captain Gives Everything She Has To Earn A Coveted Decoration »

The division’s soldiers fought in multiple major offensives in Italy, such as attacks at Mount Belvedere and Riva Ridge.

After the war, veterans of the division played a large role in developing the ski industry around the country.

The division had multiple relocations after World War II before deactivating in 1958.

The Army relaunched the division at Fort Drum in 1985, where it has been ever since.

In recent months, the current division has made new links with its birthplace.

In October, the 10th Mountain Division formally linked with the Colorado National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry as a part of an Army’s Associated Units program, which pairs active and Guard units.

During a ceremony marking the change, division World War II veterans helped place the division’s patch on the Colorado National Guard soldiers.


© 2017 Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, N.Y.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak boat crew displays their new 38-foot Special Purpose Craft - Training Boat in Womens Bay Sept. 27, 2011. (Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen)

A collision between a Coast Guard boat and a Navy vessel near Kodiak Island, Alaska on Wednesday landed six coasties and three sailors to the hospital, officials said.

Read More Show Less
(U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Jamarius Fortson)

The Navy has identified the two Defense Department civilians who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.

Read More Show Less
(U.S. Navy photo)

A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida has left four people dead, including the gunman, law enforcement officials said at a Friday news conference.

The shooter and two victims were killed at the base and another victim died after being taken to the hospital, said Chip Simmons, deputy chief of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Another seven people remain hospitalized, including two sheriff's deputies who engaged the gunman, Simmons said at Friday's news conference. One was hit in the arm and the other was shot in the knee. Both are expected to recover.

Read More Show Less
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Victoria Fontanelli, an administrative specialist with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, moves through a simulated village inside the Infantry Immersion Trainer as part of training for the Female Engagement Team, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct 16, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Brendan Custer)

Widespread sexism and gender bias in the Marine Corps hasn't stopped hundreds of female Marines from striving for the branch's most dangerous, respected and selective jobs.

Six years after the Pentagon officially opened combat roles to women in 2013, 613 female Marines and sailors now serve in them, according to new data released by the Marine Corps.

"Females are now represented in every previously-restricted occupational field," reads a powerpoint released this month on the Marine Corps Integration Implementation Plan (MCIIP), which notes that 60% of those female Marines and sailors now serving in previously-restricted units joined those units in the past year.

Read More Show Less
Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) prepare to moor at the historic submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a six-month Western Pacific deployment, June 6, 2018. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lee)

The troubled 22-year-old Pearl Harbor sailor identified as shooting three shipyard workers Wednesday and then killing himself may have come from a troubled ship.

Gabriel Romero, a sailor on the submarine USS Columbia, fatally shot two civilian workers and wounded a third while the Los Angeles-class vessel is in Dry Dock 2 for a two-year overhaul, according to The Associated Press and other sources.

Romero "opened fire on shipyard personnel with his M-4 service rifle and then turned his M9 service pistol on himself," Fox News Pentagon reporter Lucas Tomlinson reported, citing a preliminary incident report.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was not able to provide information Thursday on a report that multiple suicides have occurred on the Columbia.

Hawaii News Now said Romero was undergoing disciplinary review and was enrolled in anger management classes.

Read More Show Less