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“General Patton’s Desert Training Center” 2nd Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

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Twentynine Palms, CA, October 12, 2018

Come join historian Sid Burks, who will tell the story of the Desert Training Center (DTC) launched by General George S. Patton where a million men trained to fight in the deserts of North Africa and other places. The DTC stretched for 19,000 square miles over the expanse of the Mojave Desert. It ranged from just east of Indio in the west to the Colorado River in the east, to Searchlight Nevada in the north and Yuma Arizona to the south. Learn how U.S. Solders became the best trained desert fighters in the world and won victory in North Africa.

Sid Burks is a retired community college teacher and administrator and he currently teaches full-time for Cal State San Bernardino. He is a serious enthusiast of anything military, aviation, or desert history. He’s given many lectures throughout the Coachella Valley on aviation and military history.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, October 12 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, reservations are limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to Patty Angel at 760-367-5535 before Wednesday, October 10.

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