NEWS | Sept. 14, 2021

Oklahoma National Guard Okmulgee Readiness Center completes remodel

By Sgt. 1st Class Mireille Merilice 145th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

The Oklahoma Army National Guard held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the reopening of the newly renovated Readiness Center in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Sept. 7.

The more than 24 thousand square foot building, home to the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 777th Aviation Support Battalion, closed in June of 2020 to undergo $6.3 million in renovations.

Long overdue for upgrades and repairs, the renovations include a repair and remodel of existing brick and block building, additional office space to include a new room for nursing mothers, new plumbing, mechanical and electrical, fire protection, upgraded communication systems, improved force protection, a new gym, a mezzanine for storage, an expanded motor pool and more.

Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson spoke at the ceremony, mentioning the dedicated service of our Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, including those currently in Louisiana working in support of Hurricane Ida relief efforts.

"Armories are the cornerstone of our communities," said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma. "This is a location where our Soldiers come to deploy across the world, whether it be down the street or on another continent."

Originally built in 1977, the renovations are expected to extend the life of the building by approximately 20 years and provide upgrades in the areas of safety, energy conservation, non-organizational and organizational parking, security fencing, and occupational health needs.