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Military Facility Opened at Ellington

United States Army continues its major investment

April 6, 2011

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  The United States Military is investing millions of dollars in the infrastructure at Ellington Airport.
More troops are pouring into Ellington Airport, thanks to a new Armed Forces Reserve Center.

The facility is designed for consolidation of US Army Reserve and Texas Army National Guard units into a single training and readiness center.

Recently, the 451st Civil Affairs Battalion of the US Army Reserve moved from their location in Pasadena, Texas to the center, while the 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment of the Texas Army National Guard joined them from its previous facility.

“This is another extraordinary chapter in the history of the Ellington Joint Reserve Base,” says Brig. General Mark T. McQueen, Commander of the 1st Battle Command Training Brigade, 75th BCT Division. “This building is evidence of our countries’ willingness to modernize the Guard and Reserve.”

The spacious 93,800 square-foot building was completed earlier this year as part of a $100 million Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction project.

U.S. Congressman Gene Green of Houston, was given the honor of cutting the ribbon during the dedication ceremony along with Lt. Col. Johnny Spruiel, Commander of the 451st, Lt. Col. Scott Kingsley, Commander of the 149th, Texas Army National Guard, and Command Sgt. Major Jose Cazares, CMS, 149, Texas Army National Guard.

The Galveston Corps of Engineers provided quality control supervision for the BRAC project that included the construction of an 800-member center; a 40,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Battle Command Training Center, which allows reserve and active army units to train for worldwide contingencies and a welcome center which supports recruiting and issuance of retiree military identification cards.

An entry control point, a vehicle maintenance facility, heated storage building, vehicle maintenance shop and an unheated storage building have also been completed.
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