Army Guard director to cut ribbon on new facility

Posted on Feb 04 2019

The Guam Army National Guard will cut the ribbon on its Aviation Storage Facility on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Guard’s Readiness Center in Barrigada, which will provide support and maintenance for its two US-72A Lakota Helicopters. (Contributed Photo)

The Guam National Guard will officially open its newest multi-million dollar building during a ceremony today, Feb. 4, at 3pm, at the Guard’s Barrigada Complex.

Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Ddrector, Army National Guard, will be joined by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, commander-in-chief of the Guam National Guard, and Lt. Col. Esther Aguigui, GUNG Adjutant General, amongst others, to help cut the ribbon on the new Aircraft Storage Facility.

As director, Lt. Gen. Kadavy guides the formulation, development and implementation of all programs and policies affecting the Army National Guard; a force of over 350,000 soldiers in the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia.

The contract for the $4.8-million facility was awarded to APC Construction, LLC, for the design and construction for an Aircraft Storage Facility to support and maintain two helicopters for the Guam Army National Guard.

This project is the first of two phases, but allows the Soldiers of Detachment 2, Delta Company, 1st-224th Aviation (MEDEVAC) to become operational, similar to that of a deployed environment.

The facility is approximately 6,200 square feet, is typhoon-rated and includes a helipad and ramp, utility services, information systems, fire detection/alarm systems, roads, walkways, curbs, gutters, storm drainage, parking area and other site improvements.

The project integrates sustainable strategies and features that meet Antiterrorism and Force Protection (ATFP) measures and all other applicable building codes, federal and Department of Defense requirements. It reduces energy consumption and conserves resources while simultaneously minimizing adverse effects on the environment.

The Guam Guard received two UH-72 Lakota (Medevac) Aircraft in June 2015. The unit’s primary mission is medevac operations in support of homeland security and natural disasters. It is also capable of land search and rescue.

With the addition of aviation, in the Guam Guard, as a core capability, the U.S. territory of Guam has increased in preparedness, response time, and overall security for U.S. Citizens in times of increased regional security threats and the ever- unpredictable threat of natural disasters. (PR)

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