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Ground broken for W.Va. Guard readiness center

 

Logan Banner photo A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the new Logan-Mingo National Guard Readiness Center at the James H. Harless Wood Plant Industrial Park.

Logan Banner photo
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the new Logan-Mingo National Guard Readiness Center at the James H. Harless Wood Plant Industrial Park.

LOGAN, W.Va. — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday afternoon at the James H. Harless Wood Plant Industrial Park on 22 Mine Road, marking the plans to move forward with construction of the West Virginia National Guard’s new Logan-Mingo Readiness Center.

Situated between Mingo and Logan airports, the center will house elements of the West Virginia Army National Guard and support training, logistical missions and emergency response operations in Southern West Virginia.

The scope of the $15.9 million project includes construction of a new 47,000-square-foot Readiness Center and a 3,360-square-foot premanufactured metal storage building. In fiscal year 2010, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall secured federal funding for the planning and design of the facility.

Working with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who was Senate president and state Sen. Truman Chafin, who was majority leader at the time, plans were set in motion that allowed for the construction of the state-of-the-art facility that will greatly enhance and benefit W.Va. National Guard members, and will allow them to better serve the residents who call Logan and Mingo County home.

Several speakers were in attendance at the event, including Tomblin and his wife, Joanne, who is president of Southern West Virginia Community College, representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, and U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin. Rahall spoke to the crowd, and shared the following remarks.

“Not since the days of our revolution, have we relied on America’s citizen soldier as much as we have in this current generation. They have fought too many wars on too many fronts on foreign soil and in their own back yards. As a nation, we have asked them to put their careers on hold, their job advancements to wait, their loved ones to be patient, and their little ones to be happy with Skyped images of their heroes across a screen…

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