HOLDEN, W.VA. — A grand opening ceremony was held for the West Virginia Army National Guard’s Logan-Mingo Readiness Center Friday Nov. 6.
The site is situated on a reclaimed mine site straddling the border of Logan and Mingo counties near the developing site for the 22 Mine Disaster Memorial and the Buck Harless Wood Products Industrial Park.
The 50,000 square feet that encompasses the main building and storage facility cost nearly $16 million to complete, and the facility is set to house Troop A of the 1-150 Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, the 156th Military Police Detachment and Detachment 2, Company D of the 230th Brigade Support Battalion.
The Logan-Mingo Readiness Center boasts close proximity to both the Logan and Mingo County airports giving the troops at the facility increased scope in responding to emergencies throughout southern West Virginia.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC) is partnering with the National Guard to offer a motor pool for training at the college.
There is a possibility the site will also eventually serve as a training facility for obtaining a commercial driver’s license.
The grand opening saw Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined by representatives for Shelly Moore Capito, Evan Jenkins and Joe Manchin.
Tomblin addressed a crowd full of active members of the West Virginia National Guard saying, “I want to thank each and every one of you for you dedication, your commitment and your selfless service.”
Tomblin went to say facility would provide the necessary training to keep the National Guard in a position to the strongly prepared to address emergencies in southern West Virginia.
After the official ceremony, Governor Tomblin and Major General James Hoyer joined in a video conference between a soldier deployed from the West Virginia National Guard to the Balkans and his family.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]