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Colorado National Guard breaks ground on 117th Space Battalion Readiness Center at Fort Carson

By Tech. Sgt. Chance Johnson | JFHQ-Public Affairs | July 16, 2019

Centennial, Colorado —

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard’s 117th Space Battalion Armory will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the 117th Space Battalion Readiness Center on July 19 at 10 a.m. at Fort Carson.

The unit serves as the Army force modernization proponent for space, high-altitude and global missile defense and serves as the Army operational integrator for global missile defense.

“This facility will serve as a state-of-the-art epicenter of Army National Guard Space Operations. We will train, learn, improve and, if necessary, operate from this location to support warfighters across the world. We are especially happy to join the Fort Carson community and our active duty colleagues in the 1st Space Brigade, where our proximity will enable many multi-component training opportunities. Breaking ground on this new facility is a long-sought milestone that will help drive a new level of readiness for Colorado Army National Guard Space Soldiers," said Army National Guard LTC Michael Lane, Commander of the 117th Space Battalion.

The facility will be a 47,000-square-foot Readiness Center, costing $17.9 million. The project is scheduled for completion in 12 months and will create 180 local jobs.

The Architectural design is by Burns & McDonnell of Centennial, and construction is by iiCON Construction Group of Colorado Springs.