Friday, October 23, 2009

Guard to Dedicate #Gary #Airport #Armory

Guard to Dedicate Gary Airport Armory

Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS. – The Indiana National Guard will hold a dedication ceremony for its newest facility, the Gary Airport Armory, Monday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. CDT at the Armory, 6289 West Industrial Highway, Gary, Ind.

“The new armory adds to the capability of the Indiana National Guard in our mission to support the our nation, state and citizens of northwest Indiana. I am extremely excited to see the opening and this next step in our future,” said Indiana’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger.

Maj. Gen. Umbarger is pleased to announce that joining him in the ribbon cutting ceremony will be Congressman Peter J. Visclosky, Ms. Emmy Huffman and Mayor Rudy Clay.

The new armory will be home to five Indiana National Guard units including 14 full time support personnel and 225 traditional Indiana Army National Guardsman.

Construction of the 44,000 Sq. foot building began in late 2007. The total cost of the center is $11.5 million. The new armory sits adjacent to the Gary Limited Army Aviation Support Facility which opened in October 2008.

The two facilities combine for a total of more than 100,000 square feet in size. The total cost for both is $31 million with a state portion of $4 million.

Media outlets interested in attending the dedication should contact 1st Lt. Grace Brown or Staff Sgt. Les Newport at the Indiana National Guard Public Affairs Office.

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