NC National Guard holds groundbreaking for new facility in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After more than 50 years using a “Cold War Era” building as their 120th infantry regiment headquarters, the North Carolina National Guard is getting an upgrade.

“I’m glad it’s happening because I’m anxious to get to work in a new facility so we gotta go ahead and get rid of the old facility,” Master Sergeant John Setera, said.

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The North Carolina National Guard leaders and dignitaries came to the groundbreaking for the new $16 million, 51,000 square foot readiness center, which will replace the current first battalion, 120th infantry regiment headquarters.

“It’s going to have an assembly hall space. It’s going to have multi-purpose classroom and training space, that they can set up simulators and do additional training that they weren’t able to do because of the size of of the administrative space and open space,” Kent Caldwell, designer project management director, said.

The National Guard says the old building has many problems, including a mold infestation. Now, they can’t wait to have a new state-of-the-art building.

“When we get this new facility, we’ll finally all be able to work out of one building and have all our assets and resources in one location. To include, it’ll be much more modernized, where it will be far more effective with the way that they military as a whole is increased it’s technologically advanced systems and operations,” Setera said.

Once demolition is complete, site work will begin. The new facility should be ready by September of 2019.