Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger welcomed Gov. Mitch Daniels, U.S. Representative Todd Rokita, and other VIPs to the dedication ceremony for the Johnson County Armory in Franklin, Ind., today, Nov. 14, 2011.
"We are a community-based force," said Umbarger. "We don't live in forts; we don't live in bases. We live in communities from South Bend to Evansville, from Terre Haute to Richmond. Now, once again, we are a part of the Johnson County community. This isn't our facility; this is your facility. Thank you for welcoming us into your community."
The Johnson County Armory is a 169,000 square-foot, two-story training complex constructed on 39 acres of state acquired property. The new facility is a Base Realignment and Closure project designed to relocate Indiana Army National Guard units and was paid fully by federal funds. The facility is expected to enhance county-wide emergency response and is the largest readiness center in the state.
"The Guards all over this nation have been called in to do unprecedented things in this past decade," said Daniels. "In this new conflict in which we're engaged, and the new and different vicious threats now to our country, no state can lay claims to have done more than Indiana, whom I believe to be the finest National Guard in the country."
Eight Indiana Army National Guard units with nearly 750 personnel and three U.S. Army Reserve units with approximately 150 personnel will be stationed at the facility. The project cost $35,000,000.