Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky Army National Guard to open new Readiness Center in Morehead

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  David Altom, 502-607-1562, cell 502-229-3227  

WHO:  Major General Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky
WHAT:  Opening of new Kentucky Army National Guard Readiness Center in Morehead
WHEN:  10 a.m. EDT, Saturday, July 8
WHERE:  4911 Ky Highway 801 North, Morehead, Ky.

FRANKFORT, KY – Major General Donald C. Storm, adjutant general for Kentucky, will host the opening ceremony for the new National Guard Readiness Center in Morehead set for Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m.

Located at 4911 Ky Highway 801 North in Rowan County, the $5.8 million facility replaces a 7,400 square foot temporary building.  The new center will house the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 301st Chemical Company and serve as a base of operations for the Kentucky Guard and Disaster Emergency Management in times of crisis.  Located on 10 acres of land and with a capacity of more than 33,000 square feet, the new facility is designed to be energy conscious, sustainable, low maintenance, flexible and technologically up to date.  It has geothermal heating and cooling, efficient lighting and digital controls.

The new facility is entirely federally funded with no state revenue involved in its construction.

In addition to being user-friendly, the new center also has concrete paving in the motor pool with oil water separators and detention basins to prevent environmental contamination from oil leaks.  There are two maintenance bays designated for the training of vehicle maintenance crews while maintaining the assigned equipment. 

The center houses a physical fitness center and a commercial grade kitchen.  It is wired for high speed networking, video conferencing, and radio and is built to be upgradeable in the future as technologies change.  Also, the building is backed up with a 500 kilowatt diesel generator to allow continued service during times of power outages. 

As a community resource, this facility is also designed to accommodate emergency uses and community rentals as well. 

Please note that the current unit in Morehead, the 301st Chemical Company, replaces Company A, 206th Engineer Battalion, which is transitioning to Jackson, Kentucky.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Following the readiness center dedication, the Kentucky Army National Guard will host a "Freedom Salute" a ceremony at noon for the following unit:

Company A, 206th Engineer Battalion

TIME:              Noon EDT, Saturday, July 8

LOCATION:     Kentucky Army National Guard Readiness Center, 4911 Ky Highway 801 North, Morehead, Ky.

MISSION:        Company A, 206th Engineer Battalion mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in December 2004.  The unit trained and was certified as a Security Force Company at Fort Dix, New Jersey before deploying into theater on February 16, 2005.  Upon arrival the unit was renamed the 916th Military Police Company and positioned at the Convoy Support Center (CSC) Scania, Iraq.  There the unit performed convoy escorts from Scania to the Logistical Supply Area (LSA) Anaconda; area security of CSC Scania; and route security of Main Supply Route (MSR) Tampa.  The unit maintained responsibility for the safety and security of all convoys, civilian and military alike within its sector.  From March 13 to August 31, 2005, the unit logged over 500,000 road miles and was engaged by the enemy over 100 times.  On September 1, 2005 the unit assumed a new mission at Abu Ghraib prison.  At Abu Ghraib the unit was responsible for in processing every detainee in that region.  Additionally, the unit provided care, custody, and control of several thousand detainees kept at the facility.  Upon completing its mission and after serving in Iraq for more than one year, the unit returned home on February 3, 2006.          

FREEDOM SALUTE HISTORY:  In December of 2003, the Army National Guard launched the "Freedom Salute Campaign," an unprecedented program designed to recognize Army National Guard Soldiers as well as their families and others who have supported them as they answered the call to duty both at home and abroad. 

Each Soldier who mobilized will receive an encased American Flag; a sequentially numbered commemorative coin; a "Defender of Freedom" certificate signed by Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn, Director of the Army National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. John Gipe, Command Sergeant Major, Army National Guard; and a lapel insignia. The Soldier's spouse and children also will receive items recognizing their support and contribution.

In addition, each deployed Soldier is given the opportunity to recognize one individual or organization for outstanding support during the Soldier's mobilization. This recognition will be in the form of a commemorative lapel insignia and a medallion with ribbon. Two individuals will be surprised with these awards during the ceremony.