New National Guard projects to boost Greenville capabilities

January 26, 2014 by  

The South Carolina National Guard in Greenville can expect to see new facilities as a result of the recent Congressional approval of $26 million for these projects. It’s possible that the National Guard is looking to using a variety of printing services to make those in the area aware of these projects which will add jobs and enhance economic activity in the Upstate area.

The new facilities will include a vehicle maintenance shop and a readiness center. They were part of a defense policy bill that President Barack Obama recently signed. Congress will most likely appropriate the funds later this year so that construction can begin by September.

The aviation training program of Greenville Tech will share the readiness center, which will be 94,000 square feet in size. Greenville Tech is contributing $5 million towards the total construction cost of $18 million.

The maintenance facility will be 50,000 square feet in size and will cost $13 million. It will be the home for 70 full-time military technicians who will work on wheeled vehicles from units of the National Guard around the state.

According to the director of facilities and construction for the South Carolina National Guard, Lt. Col. Andrew Batten, there is another Army Aviation support facility that has been under construction at a size of 111,000 square feet and next month will be dedicated.

Batten said that these three facilities at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center will be associated with the Greenville Army Aviation Support Facility. They will enable Greenville to be an important player in vehicle maintenance, helicopter training and disaster response.