Funding has now been secured for the construction of the new National Guard Readiness Center in Tucson.
The facility will measure just under 87,000 square feet and will go up on land owned by the State of Arizona in the 7900 block of S. Rita Road.
As designed, the building will house administrative offices and training services for the Arizona Air National Guard, and will also include classrooms, a kitchen and dining area, lockers, showers, and restrooms.
Some $18.1 million in funding for the project is coming out of the recently-approved National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, with the State of Arizona kicking in another $6 million.
Work could begin on the readiness center before spring, with a general completion date set for early 2023.
Established in 1946, the Arizona Air National Guard serves as the aerial militia for the state and is a part of the Arizona National Guard.
By Garry Boulard
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