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Colorado Army National Guard to break ground on Regional Training Institute on Fort Carson 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs   
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

CONTACT:
Army 2nd Lt. Skye A. Robinson
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/27/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard will break ground on the new Regional Training Institute on Fort Carson, Colo., Oct. 28 at 11 a.m.

The RTI provides military education to Soldiers at all levels of leadership to help them fight, win, and survive in a combat environment.

Colorado National Guard senior leaders are scheduled to speak. 

The construction will begin in November 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in October 2013. In total, approximately 1,300 personnel will be involved in the construction of this facility. The architecture and engineering team for this project is led by Jacobs from Arlington, Va., with architectural design by Coover-Clark & Associates of Denver. The general contractor is Mass Service & Supply from Pueblo, Colo., partnered with Nunn Construction of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 128,391-square-foot facility will be the new home of the 168th Regional Training Institute. The new RTI will consolidate classrooms, auditoriums, billeting and food service in one facility. From the time student enter the facility until they complete their training, all of their needs will be taken care of in one building.  

With the unique training mission of the Regiment, it is imperative to locate the new facility close to the other training assets needed on a regular basis. The RTI will be within walking distance of a weapons qualification range and just on the northern edge of the thousands of acres of maneuver and training space Fort Carson offers. Additionally, the Regiment trains Soldiers from the active and reserve components of the Army. The majority of its students are active duty Soldiers stationed at Fort Carson.

“All Soldiers who attend training at the new RTI will benefit from the modern features and ideal location this new facility will provide,” said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado. “This state-of-the-art facility is critical for building efficient and effective leaders who will lead troops in future combat or homeland operations.”

The new RTI will occupy a portion of a 160-acre parcel shared by a maintenance facility and the future Training Center Complex. The RTI is phase two of three of the Colorado National Guard’s Centennial Training Site.

News media representatives are encouraged to cover the groundbreaking located on Butts Road just south of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, Building 9100. Remarks by Colorado National Guard and Fort Carson leaders will begin at 11 a.m.

Media representatives wishing to attend must make coordination with Meghan Williams, Fort Carson Public Affairs Office, 719-526-7525 or 719-526-4143, meghan.williams@us.army.mil.

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