"New armory dedication set for Wednesday"
Ontario - The system, once it is operational, will boast one of the largest solar power arrays on the Idaho Power electrical grid. The proposed system is capable of producing more than 100 kilowatts of energy per hour.
Ontario — The Oregon National Guard will officially dedicate its newest armory at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Ontario.
The John W. Brown Armory is situated at 1330 Southwest Fourth Street and is the home to the Oregon Guard’s Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, and 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team.
The 3rd Battalion consists of Guard outfits from across eastern Oregon, including units in Baker City, La Grande, Pendleton, Hermiston, The Dalles and Hood River.
The new 36,000-square-foot facility — dubbed a Readiness Center — includes two Abrams Full-Crew Interactive Simulator Trainer bays along with a five-lane, 75-meter indoor firing range, which can be used by both the Guard and area law enforcement agencies.
Ontario Mayor Joe Dominick said he is excited to see the new facility at the dedication ceremony.
“It is a fantastic facility for Ontario to have. We are so glad our Guardsmen have adequate facilities, and I’m looking forward to seeing it,” Dominick said.
The commander of the 3rd Battalion, Lt. Col. Phil Appleton also praised the new structure.
“That armory is, hands down, one of the best in the state,” he said.
Another key element to the new facility is its dual-use design. While the new armory will house the Ontario Guard unit, it will also provide classrooms and an assembly hall for Treasure Valley Community College.
Another key asset to the building is its green technology. The Guard plans to incorporate a highly efficient hydrothermal-based heating system. The system, once it is operational, will boast one of the largest solar power arrays on the Idaho Power electrical grid. The proposed system is capable of producing more than 100 kilowatts of energy per hour.
The new building replaces the 1950s-era former armory situated near the Malheur County Fairgrounds.
The armory is named after Capt. John W. Brown, an area man who served during World War II and earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
The dedication ceremony occurs as Charlie Company, and the rest of the 3rd Battalion, prepares to deploy to Iraq this fall.
Charlie Company will begin a nearly month-long training stint south of Boise in a few weeks before moving to Mississippi for more training.
After the training stint in Mississippi, the 3rd Battalion, and with it Charlie Company, will deploy to Iraq.