New N.Ky. National Guard Center offers more safety

BURLINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear will help cut the ribbon for a new Kentucky National Guard Readiness Center in Northern Kentucky Friday afternoon.

The $19 million center located at 2821 Burlington Pike in Burlington will house the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion and includes nearly five acres of parking, administrative and storage spaces, conference rooms, classrooms and an assembly hall.

In addition, the 86,000-square-foot site will have its own vehicle maintenance bay and helicopter landing pad.

Built on property owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the center will be used for training soldiers and airmen and as a base for search and rescue missions.

A ground breaking was held in September of 2011 and it's taken longer than expected to complete. Officials determined in 2006 that there would be a need for a center in Northern Kentucky.

The National Guard tries to locate readiness centers in different areas of the state to more effectively respond when there's an emergency.

The ribbon cutting will be held at the site in Burlington at 1 p.m.

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