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National Guard Armory renovated

September 6, 2002

Albany-- Georgia Army National Guardsmen are moving back into their longtime Armory building in Albany. A major renovation of the Armory is wrapping up, and the citizen soldiers say they are glad to be back home.

Major Thomas Carden says he has never been prouder of Albany's National Guard Armory building, as his guardsmen move back in. This armory was built in the early 1950-s, and this is it's first renovation.

Major Carden said "After having been gone here between our deployment to Bosnia and the renovation process, we were out of here a little over 18 months. So it's really good to be back."

A half million dollars has redone the Armory inside and out. The improvements include air conditioning and electrical upgrades, computer enhancement, kitchen and bathroom facilities, new storage and classroom space.

The battalion headquarters command for 4 company faculties in Valdosta, Tifton, Cordele, Moultrie, Fitzgerald, Americus, and Eastman.

Major Carden said "It's much more functional than the one we had prior. As far as the storage and maintenance of our equipment, it's really going to help us a whole lot. Then with the additional classroom space we have here, it's going to enhance the training."

This is the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry's mechanized headquarters. They repair and service National Guard vehicles of all kinds, from Hum-Vees all the way to the latest Bradley Fighting Vehicles. They also train Georgia's citizen soldiers here. The improvements will make that work more efficient, and comfortable for the Guardsmen.

The Albany National Guardsmen have worked in temporary offices at the Albany Marine Corps Logistic Base, and at their Tifton Armory offices while their headquarters was renovated.

submitted at 3:10 by jimw@walb.com