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National Guard Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Buildings

Updated: Monday, May 5 2014, 02:33 PM CDT
SPRINGFIELD --  Two
new high-tech control centers opened today in Springfield. The
Springfield National Guard has two upgraded high-tech control centers
designed to handle planning and conducting a major air campaign.

The
former security forces squadron was consolidated into a single,
centralized modern control center. The communications building was
completely redesigned to serve as a major communications hub.

"It
positions us for the future. We have mission here in maintenance and it
can expand to different kinds of engines. They're already working on
some of the drone engines, QF-16 engines, for that, and I also mentioned
that some of our sister partner air forces are sending some engines
here," said John Patterson, Colonel 183rd Fighter Wing.

It cost
more than $24 million to build these new facilities. Guard officials say
the upgrades and expansions give them more opportunity to expand their
work and assistance around the world.


National Guard Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Buildings


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