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New Guard center in Buckhannon now open

Exponent Telegram photo by Melissa Toothman The Army National Guard Readiness Center and Event Center have a joint entrance with the community portion on the right and the military portion on the left.
Exponent Telegram photo by Melissa Toothman
The Army National Guard Readiness Center and Event Center have a joint entrance with the community portion on the right and the military portion on the left.

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Although a little behind schedule, the Army National Guard Readiness Center and the Event Center at Brushy Fork are ready for occupancy.

The $13.15 million joint project, with input and funding from local, state and federal agencies, originally was set for completion in August. It is located just off U.S. 33 in Buckhannon on Brushy Fork Road.

Half of the facility is home to about 140 personnel with the 601st Engineer Company, the 1935th Contracting Team and the 229th Engineer Detachment, according to West Virginia Army National Guard Sgt. Anna-Marie Ward.

The Event Center offers space from 642 to 7,210 square feet and is available for meetings, conferences, reunions, weddings or any event, said Laura McDaniels, Event Center manager.

“It can accommodate up to 420 guests,” she said. “We are proud to offer state-of-the-art audio visual equipment…

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