R.I. National Guard Breaks Ground on Two New Facilities

Thu January 01, 2009 - Northeast Edition

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) The Rhode Island National Guard has broken ground on two new training facilities.

The two projects, totaling $48 million, will be located at the Quonset Air National Guard Base and the Quonset Army National Guard Armory.

State officials, including Gov. Don Carcieri, attended a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 5.

The Army National Guard is building a new 136,000-sq.-ft. (12,634.8 sq m) aviation facility that officials said will allow for more modern flight operations and both ground and aviation training.

The Air National Guard is moving its 102nd Information Warfare Squadron, which specializes in network defense, to Quonset. Officials say the new $5 million center will allow for top secret work.

Sen. Jack Reed, who helped secure federal funding, said the projects will create 100 construction jobs.