Noem signs bill for Guard Readiness Center

Published: Mar. 1, 2019 at 7:02 PM MST
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The South Dakota National Guard's new Readiness Center at Regional Airport is all but a done deal.

Governor Kristi Noem announced Friday that she's signed the bill that will provide more than $19 million in state and federal funds to build the facility.

The Guard says the readiness center has been a top priority of their's for years.

Gov. Noem says, "Right now we have eight National Guard units that occupy space in the support facility at Rapid City's airport. They don't have the training, the supplies, the administrative space that they need to support their training drills and to do other functions. So HB 1263, it funds construction of a National Guard Readiness Center that will allow our state to train these individuals so they can best serve our country."

Bids for construction on the 58,000 square foot facility went out last month.

They hope to have it open in two years.