National Guard center closer to opening at IMM Regional Airport
Special from the Naples Daily News:
The construction of a proposed Army National Guard Readiness Center in Immokalee is closer to approval by the government.
But government often moves slowly, so while Collier County and National Guard officials are optimistic about the project, construction still is years off.
Lt. Col. Mark Widener, construction and facilities management officer for the Army National Guard, said this past week that the center currently is the Guard's No. 2 construction priority.
Still, in the ranking recommendation that the National Guard sends to Congress each year, money hasn't been programmed for the project, Widener said.
The new center would bring to 40 the number of Army National Guard readiness centers across the state. A readiness center, Widener said, is synonymous with an armory. Plans call for the Immokalee Readiness Center to host all elements of the 856th Quarter Master Company and its 137 personnel.
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