The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Economic Development

February 13, 2010

Armed Forces Reserve Center tops the construction list at Vance AFB

ENID — On weekends, Vance Air Force Base is quiet, going into what 71st Flying Training Wing commander Col. Chris Nowland calls “Sleepy Hollow mode.”

That all will change this fall with the opening of Armed Forces Reserve Center being built on the south end of the base.

Construction is ahead of schedule for the $18.7 million facility, which will feature a 60,000-square-foot training building and 9,000-square-foot vehicle maintenance building, known as Organizational Maintenance Shop.

The contracted completion date is Oct. 27, but the project is expected to be finished before then.

Ground was broken in June for AFRC, which resulted from action by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission. To date, said Maj. Dan Maloy, 71st FTW chief of BRAC, the project is about 7 percent ahead of schedule, despite the recent winter storms.

Construction is being done by TCI, a La Crosse, Wis., firm. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing construction of AFRC, said Lewis Hollis, director of Vance’s civil engineer flight.

“They (TCI) have done a fantastic job,” said Maloy. “It is being built here but the Army is funding it.”

The 2005 BRAC commission decided to build seven AFRCs in the state to combine Guard and Reserve units and close outdated buildings those units were occupying.

The facility, which upon completion will become the largest single building at Vance, is expected to become the new home of two Army National Guard units and one Army Reserve unit.

The units scheduled to move into AFRC at Vance are Company B of the Army National Guard’s 1-179th Infantry Battalion, Detachment 1 of Company A of the Army National Guard’s 777th Aviation Support Battalion and Army Reserve’s 401st Engineer Company. At present National Guard’s 45th Fires Brigade, currently based in Enid, is scheduled to be reassigned to an AFRC being built in Mustang.

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