Top officials from the Georgia National Guard were on hand Wednesday morning as plans were unveiled for a new Readiness Center, off Fulton Industrial Boulevard in Southwest Atlanta.
The operation represents a $15 million investment by the National Guard, and will house approximately 420 full and part-time Army National Guard soldiers of the 3-108th Cavalry Squadron.
"It's a very big deal," said Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, commander of the GA National Guard. "I'm a little biased, but I can promise you National Guard members are the best they can possibly be. They deliver each and every day. Having those types of people in this community on a regular basis is everything good."
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was also at the event, and echoed Butterworth's positive feelings.
"Think of how important this investment is going to be to all of the neighborhoods and communities that surround it, to have the high caliber of women and men who're going to come through this community every single day," said Reed.
The Readiness Center will serve as a training installation for soldiers, and is expected to open in the spring of 2014.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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