FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, Nov. 4, 2011
CONTACT: Air Force Maj. Elena O’Bryan
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (11/4/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard will open a new readiness center in Grand Junction, Colo., Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.
Colorado National Guard senior leaders are scheduled to speak, which will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.
The new 35,563-square-foot facility will be the home of approximately 150 Soldiers of Company C of the 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment.
The battalion is the new light-infantry unit of the COARNG. At full strength, the battalion will have more than 800 community-based Citizen-Soldiers in six companies, bringing new jobs to Colorado. New readiness centers have been or are being built in communities across Colorado, including Fort Lupton, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Windsor and Alamosa.
“The addition of the readiness centers and the infantry battalion increases the value of the National Guard to the community and enhances our ability to assist in times of need,” said Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards.
The Colorado Army National Guard is pleased to extend the use of the new Grand Junction Readiness Center to the community and is excited about the potential to enhance COARNG-community partnerships the new readiness center will be able to facilitate. For how more information on how community members can use of the facility for a nominal fee to do this, visit the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and scroll down to the armory rental regulation.
The construction of this $12 million facility began October 2010 and was completed on schedule in October 2011. The architect for this project was Coover Clark and Associates of Denver, and the general contractor was FCI of Grand Junction, Colo. Approximately 450 construction workers contributed to this project, mostly from local businesses.
The main features of this facility include an assembly hall, administrative space, supply rooms, storage areas, kitchen, simulator training room, maintenance area and five classrooms. The aesthetics of the interior spaces contributes to the unit’s pride and strengthens the traditions of the infantry company, thus contributing to the moral of the unit, giving them a sense of the unit’s home.
The assembly hall not only contributes to the effectiveness of formations and event gatherings, the area will be used for physical fitness and individual training. The simulator training room will have a weapons practice simulator system, and will be used for weapons training, including small arms and small unit team building. The infantry and other Colorado National Guard units on the western slope can use the classrooms for classes and hands-on presentations supported by a modern audiovisual system.
News media representatives are encouraged to cover the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Remarks will begin at 9 a.m. at 2820 Riverside Pkwy., Grand Junction, Colo., 81501. A reception will follow.
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