South Dakota Army National Guard breaks ground for new center

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota Army National Guard broke ground for its Aviation Readiness Center on Wednesday.

The current training building does not have enough space to thoroughly train the abundance of soldiers on duty. This makes it difficult to prepare troops for emergency missions when disaster hits.  

“Reliance on the guard is kind of at an all-time high. The aviation units are really unique in that they mobilize and deploy more often than any other type of army unit,” said Major General Tim Reisch. 

Thanks to funding from both the state and federal levels, the $20 million, 58,000 square foot center will house more than 150 soldiers from 8 units.

“This facility will provide the adequate space to administratively, for training, for admin, supply, and all actions that the units need,” said Lt. Col. Martin Yost. 

New safety measures will include anti-terrorism protection and security fencing. Not only will it sharpen our soldiers, but the facility is also environmentally friendly. It features a geothermal heat exchanger and a temperature control monitor.

“This has been a number one priority for a decade and it’s great to finally see it come to fruition,” said Reisch.

This building will be an addition to the existing training facility, which will remain functional. The new center is expected to be up and running in the spring of 2021.

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