Sparta Training Area
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715 Industrial Drive
Sparta, IL 62286
(618) 443-9618

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Property Map
Land Nav Locations
Engineer Training Area
Land Nav
102 Beginner Land Nav
105 Intermed Land Nav
108 Advanced Land Nav
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DMAIL Reg. 350-12

Peabody Coal Company donated the 2,642 acres of reclaimed surface mining land to the State of Illinois for the purpose of providing the Illinois Army National Guard with training ground.

Located approximately 45 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri and 40 miles northwest of Carbondale, Illinois in the southwest part of the state, the Sparta Training Area (STA) consists of training ground broken into 14 separate training areas. STA is located in northeastern Randolph County, just north of the city of Sparta, Illinois and is served by three Illinois state highway routes - 154, 153, and 4.

 The ground consists primarily of relatively open, lightly rolling grassland separated by numerous ponds and sections of wooded areas.  The site contains nine lakes, some of which are 150 feet deep, and cover approximately 300 acres.

STA began operation in May 2007 and is presently in a development period continually adding new training assets for using units.

Bambi Bucket Training  Intermediate Land Nav Course   NW Corner of Property   M203 Range

MISSION STATEMENT: Provide the necessary personnel and equipment to conduct training, logistical and administrative support for the using organizations.  On order, conduct sustained operations in support of Federal or State declared emergencies.


M203 Range

Conditioning Course
Hand Grenade Qualification Course Confidence Course
Beginner Land Navigation Course (102LN) Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) Training Area
Intermediate Land Navigation Course (105LN) Fire Fighting Training Structure
Rappel Operations Tower
Advanced Land Navigation Course (108LN) Mine Awareness and Clearing Lane
Firearms Training System (FATS) Hand Grenade Familiarization Range
Call For Fire Trainer (CFFT) Qualification Training Range
HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT) 25 Meter Zero Range for 5.56 and below
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Virtual
Vehicle Trainer (MRAP-VVT)
Wash Rack
Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) Training  
Engineer Training Area  
Convoy Training Route  
Fire Fighter Training  
Tarzan II High Ropes Course  
Tactical Training Base  
Open Bay Billets with showers and latrines for 68 Personnel  
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Simulation Kits
Suicide Vests
M-16 series Miles lasers, torso/helmet sensors, control gun
Pugil Kits
Vehicle kill switches
Training Claymore Mines
Terry Trauma Dummy
Rescue Randy Dummy
Opposing Force (OPFOR) Clothing
Simulated weapons: NATO and Foreign .22 pistols - Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs)
AK-47 style paintball guns
M-16 style paintball guns
9mm style paintball guns
Laser Marksmanship Training Systems (LMTS)
CO2 Simulation Hand Grenades and Land Mines
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) recognition kits
Wildland Burn Class  Armortech for Low Water Crossing  Wildland Burn Class  TankTrap Construction