The Guam National Guard will open its $4.8 million facility, housing two helicopters, during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Guard’s Barrigada complex.
Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, director at the Army National Guard; along with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, commander in chief of the Guam National Guard; and Lt. Col. Esther Aguigui, Guam National Guard adjutant general; and others will help cut the ribbon on the new Aircraft Storage Facility.
As director, Kadavy guides the formulation, development and implementation of all programs and policies affecting the Army National Guard, which includes more than 350,000 soldiers in the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia.
APC Construction LLC won the bid to design and build the facility to support and maintain two helicopters for the Guam Army National Guard.
“This project is the first of two phases, but allows the soldiers of Detachment 2, Delta Company, 1st-224th Aviation (MEDEVAC) to become operational, similar to that of a deployed environment,” the Guard stated in a press release.
The building is about 6,200 square feet, rated to withstand typhoons and includes a helipad and ramp, utility services, information systems, fire detection/alarm systems, roads, walkways, curbs, gutters, storm drainage, parking area and other site improvements.
“The project integrates sustainable strategies and features that meet Antiterrorism and Force Protection ... measures and all other applicable building codes, federal and Department of Defense requirements,” according to the release.
The new building is environmentally friendly and energy-efficient and conserves resources.
The Guam National Guard has two UH-72 Lakota helicopters it received in June 2015. The helicopters are for medevac operations in support of homeland security and natural disasters, and also are capable of land search and rescue.