Environmental Program ~ Virginia National Guard

Noise & Encroachment

Military training operations can be negatively impacted by outside pressure. The term used for this is “encroachment”. If a firing range cannot be utilized during certain times of the day (or night) because a high number of noise complaints are being filed, the resulting loss of training time on that range is encroachment. Military operations are generally noisy in nature. The VAARNG’s largest training site is at Fort Pickett, just outside of Blackstone.