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Waterloo Aviation Facilities celebrate upgrades

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Five units with the Iowa Army National Guard in Waterloo are enjoying expanded and renovated facilities.

Leaders with the Iowa Army National Guard and the community turned out for the re-dedication ceremony for the upgraded and expanded aviation readiness center and aviation support facility.

Congressman Bruce Braley cut the ceremonial ribbon. Construction began in July of 2007.

"It gives us adequate space to store our aircrafts. These things cost a lot of money and it's much easier to take care of when they're inside, out of the inclement weather as much as possible. We also needed to upgrade our technology. We have computer labs, we have better communication, better training," said CW4 David Morse.

The project cost more than $12 million and includes more security fencing, an aviation equipment room and new office and classroom space.

Members with the Iowa National Guard say the expansion makes for better training and better recruiting.

"It enhances the image of the Iowa National Guard. I think for one it makes it more appealing to visitors, to soldiers. It makes them want to be part of something that no only has a wonderful mission but is in a positive, clean and safe facility," said Battalion Commander Jamie Dailey.

This is the first addition to the aviation facilities since 1992.

"The community should come out because this is their tax dollars at work creating a national guard that's capable of performing its mission both overseas and in domestic operations here to support the people of Iowa," said Dailey.

If you want to see the renovations and expansion for yourself you can call the Waterloo Aviation Facilities and set up a time for a guided tour.

Also at the ceremony, the Iowa National Guard presented Larson Construction with a special plaque.

Larson is out of Independence and was the general contractor for the project.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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