Camp Ariel Sharon

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Camp Ariel Sharon (Hebrew: מחנה אריאל שרון‎), also called the City of Training Bases (Hebrew: עיר הבה"דים‎), is a complex of military bases under construction in southern Israel, belonging to the Israel Defense Forces and named after the former Major General Ariel Sharon. In total, it is a NIS 50 billion project.[1]

Upon completion it will be the largest military base in the country, with the ability to house over 10,000 recruits in training. The base is located near Yeruham and next to the Negev Junction of roads 40 and 224.

The base will serve as an umbrella training facility, housing training bases 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 20 and other training bases, including noncombat recruit training bases. It will cover a built-up area of 230 dunams (230,000 m2)

History[edit]

The project was formulated by the Planning Directorate of the Israel Defense Forces in 2002 as part of a multi-year plan. The cornerstone was laid on December 1, 2003 and the project was approved by the Israeli cabinet in April 2007.

The headquarters of the base was inaugurated in November 2014. The Adjutant Corps School will move into the base in February 2015, followed by the Military Police School.[needs update][2]

Planning and construction[edit]

The View to the Negev concern, which comprises Minrav, Binat and Electra, is building the project and will maintain it for 25 years, at a cost of NIS 12 billion, under a private-public partnership.[3][4]

The base was designed overall by the architect Ofer Kolker. Participating architectural firms include Zarhi Architects, Bar Hana Architects and the architect Shlomo Gendler.[5]

The City of Training Bases will be largely closed to private vehicles. A bike share program is being considered for the permanent staff of the base to get around. The base itself will be served by a transportation hub that will replace the existing hub in Camp Natan (Beersheba), and later by a railway line.[5]

Environmental planning[edit]

The planning was made around the Sekher Stream which passes through the base. A hill was created from the excess earth dug up during construction. Thousands of trees and over 100,000 plants in total will be planted throughout the base. According to the landscape architect Izzy Blanc, the base will largely resemble an urban park. All of the water that will be used to water the plants will be reclaimed water.[5]

Each building in the campus will have an energy usage meter, and planners hope that this will encourage conservation among soldiers.[5]

Bases and facilities[edit]

The City of Training Bases will house the following military bases:

  • The School for Logistics (Bahad 6), moving from Camp Yigael Yadin (Tzrifin)
  • The School for Telecommunications (Bahad 7), moving from Tzrifin
  • The School for Medicine (Bahad 10), moving from Tzrifin
  • The Adjutant Corps School (Bahad 11), moving from Tzrifin
  • The Military Police School (Bahad 13), moving from Camp Mota Gur
  • The Ordnance Corps School (Bahad 20), moving from Tzrifin
  • The Education Corps School, moving from Camp Sha'arei Avraham
  • The Liaison (COGAT) School
  • A recruit training base that will replace Camp Dotan ("Camp 80") and the Nitzanim base

The hill made from the excess earth will contain a monument to the late Israeli general and prime minister Ariel Sharon.[5]

Structure and command[edit]

Below is a list of commanders for the base:

Name Tenure Source
Danny Moshayov 2014–2016 [2]
Avi Motola 2016–

Impact[edit]

The base, one of the biggest in Israel, is expect to create a large number of jobs in the remote area where it is being built, especially in Yeruham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Israel to Issue Bonds to Pay for Mass Army Relocation Meirav Arlosoroff Apr 02, 2014 2:52 AM
  2. ^ a b Arga, Peter (November 13, 2014). "Another Step to the South: Training Campus Headquarters Founded" (in Hebrew). Israel Defense Forces. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Tzur, Shlomit (February 5, 2012). "Minrav Won Tender for Building Training Campus in the Negev that Will Serve 11000 Soldiers". nrg Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Margalit, Michal (January 10, 2010). ""City of Training Bases" – Unreal Boom for the South; Will Become Operation in 2014". Globes (in Hebrew). Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Riva, Na'ama (November 3, 2014). "First Photographed Tour of the City of Training Bases: Soldiers, This is What Your New Home Will Look Like". Xnet (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth Group. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 31°03′36″N 34°50′46″E / 31.0600°N 34.8461°E / 31.0600; 34.8461