Air National Guard state of the art facility is underway
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Air National Guard is getting an upgrade. Their security forces are getting a new police station and training facility to serve Wyoming and the nation.
After 20 years of anticipation, the Wyoming Air Guard has broken ground on their new state-of-the-art police station.
Two long-awaited buildings are starting the first construction phase inside the Wyoming Air National Guard site.
The Air National Guard security forces will have one dedicated building. Currently, the team is operating out of 3 different locations.
“We do have security forces that protect our base, they are located in a temporary facility,” said Brooks Harris, Deputy Base Civil Engineer Wyoming Air National Guard.
The other will be a state-of-the-art, virtual training facility where Airmen will train to better deal with combative and emergency situations.
“The use of force is one of the most litigated topics for law-enforcement across the country. We’re changing the way we train and doing so in a virtual environment. This gives us the ability to go back and really review what we’ve done with our airmen, umm and really improve the quality of the training and the use of force realm,” said Master Sgt. Jonathan Tanner, Unity Training Manager.
The buildings will total about 17,000 square feet and cost about $10M.
“We’re keeping uh with the modern sort of the modern rise in technology and providing them new technology that’s innovative in the air guard that we don’t have anywhere else,” said Lt. Col. Matt Sturtevant, Squadron Commander, Civil Engineering, Wyoming Air National Guard.
Each building will take about 13 months to complete and will be completed around the summer of 2023.
The Air Guard responds to the Governor’s call in emergencies, like civil unrest, natural disasters, and security in Wyoming, nationally and overseas.
“By providing realistic scenarios, the use of our actual weapons in a virtual environment. It increases the safety margin as well as just provides a great opportunity for our airmen to see what they are possibly going to be faced with if they are if they have to handle a difficult situation,” said Master Sgt. Jonathan Tanner, Unity Training Manager.
This facility will help the Air Guard, but it will help boost Cheyenne’s economy.
“It’s just helping this area, it’s helping Cheyenne, it’s brining more jobs. It’s going to make things better for the base. I hope that it helps bring in more people into the guard. With all these new facilities we have and all these new innovations,” said Chris Kahle, Contracting Specialist Wyoming Air National Guard.
As the “Sword and Shield” of Wyoming, this facility will help not only Wyoming address emergency situations but the nation as a whole.
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