Va. Guard breaks ground on multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton

The Virginia National Guard conducts a formal ground breaking ceremony on the first phase of a multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach Oct. 24, 2014. The first phase of the facility, which is slated to be completed in early December, will cost an estimated $1.8 million, occupy 1.5 acres and include two 70-feet by 120-feet steel framed tensioned fabric structures and two 180-feet square grids where military units can set up their tactical operations center equipment and conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises. The facility can also be used as a staging area for Virginia National Guard units preparing for National Guard civil support missions when on state active duty.  (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The Virginia National Guard conducts a formal ground breaking ceremony on the first phase of a multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach Oct. 24, 2014. The first phase of the facility, which is slated to be completed in early December, will cost an estimated $1.8 million, occupy 1.5 acres and include two 70-feet by 120-feet steel framed tensioned fabric structures and two 180-feet square grids where military units can set up their tactical operations center equipment and conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises. The facility can also be used as a staging area for Virginia National Guard units preparing for National Guard civil support missions when on state active duty. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard broke ground on the first phase of a multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 24, 2014.

“Investing in training facilities at Camp Pendleton is vital as we look ahead to the challenges of maintaining readiness in a resource-constrained environment and builds on the wide variety of existing facilities on the installation,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Not only will this additional training capability benefit Virginia National Guard units in the Hampton Roads area, but it will also benefit the many different Department of Defense and public safety organizations that regularly train at Camp Pendleton.”

“Today we break ground on what will become a $3.8 million multipurpose training facility,” said Clifton C. White, deputy facilities management officer for the Virginia National Guard. “This facility will create a place to train and test communication abilities up to the division-level headquarters. Additionally it will provide a place for national, state and local authorities to conduct similar exercises.”

Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough (second from right), commander of Camp Pendleton,  speaks with other Virginia Guard Soldiers, as well as representatives of the U.S. Navy, the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia State Police at the groundbreaking for a new multipurpose training center Oct. 24, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va.  (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough (second from right), commander of Camp Pendleton, speaks with other Virginia Guard Soldiers, as well as representatives of the U.S. Navy, the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia State Police at the groundbreaking for a new multipurpose training center Oct. 24, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Furthermore this location will provide a staging base for personnel, equipment and other materiel in the event of a natural or manmade emergency.“It’s great to see all of our partners here in the region- the Virginia State Police, the City of Virginia Beach, Naval Station Oceana and, of course, our folks here from Camp Pendleton,” Williams said to those in attendance. “Everyone knows that as times get tight with budgets and funding, training becomes even more important. Training here will go a long way toward saving money in our training budget. This will greatly expand our capabilities but it will also meet the needs of the local communities and first responders across the region.”

The first phase of the facility will cost an estimated $1.8 million, occupy 1.5 acres and include two 70 feet by 120 -feet steel framed tensioned fabric structures and two 180-feet square grids where military units can set up their tactical operations center equipment and conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises. The first phase should be completed in early December.

The second phase of the project will add seven more grids for a total of 6.7 acres and cost of $3.85 million.

The facility can also be used as a staging area for Virginia National Guard units preparing for National Guard civil support missions when on state active duty. In addition to use by tenant organizations such as the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron and the Commonwealth ChalleNGe, the new facility can also be used by other Department of Defense and public safety training customers.

“The new multipurpose center is a critical asset in our training inventory to better help us serve the training needs across the spectrum of first responder through joint operations,” said Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, commander of Camp Pendleton. “This multipurpose center is just of one of several initiatives in our reinvigoration of Camp Pendleton.”

Other initiatives in the reinvigoration of Camp Pendleton include the reacquisition of several buildings from the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit for additional beds, classrooms, and administration facilities, more than $20,000 in upgrades to the fitness facility, telecommunications upgrades post-wide, and the addition of a laundry facility for customers training on Camp Pendleton for extended periods.

Camp Pendleton is a state-owned, 328-acre installation that provides training facilities for National Guard units, as well as all other DOD active and reserve units and public safety organizations. The post features administrative buildings, conference facilities, barracks, classrooms, dining facilities, a live-fire qualification range and nine different virtual trainers as well as a chapel, fitness center, distance learning center, wooded training areas, helipad, land navigation course and military access beach and amphibious landing site.


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