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New armed forces center equipped for modern training

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

SFC Kent High has enjoyed transitioning into his new place of work.

"It's a huge advantage for us," High said.

The old Army Reserve facility in Cedar Rapids was tight on space and didn't live up to all training needs.  High says it was comparable to other facilities he was housed at years ago on the East Coast.

"You did the best you could with the training.  It's kind of hard when you're sitting in a classroom with 50 people in it, when the classroom's designed to hold 15," he said.

High works on an Army Reserve medical unit.  The new facility provides a clinic area where his unit can facilitate exams.

It also provides state-of-the-art training and meeting space with the latest technology to better prepare for deployment.

Right now, close to 650 soldiers are reaping the benefiting of the new $38 million, federally funded Cedar Rapids Armed Forces Reserve Center.

"Our philosophy is that we want our reserve center, we want our armories to reflect where we get our recruits from," said Col. Scott Ayres with the Iowa Army National Guard.

All amenities aside, it's the first time in Cedar Rapids the national guard and army reserve will share the same roof.  

"We're actually able to drill and work together like we work together upon deployment.  When we deploy it isn't national guard, it isn't reserve, it isn't active duty, it is one army," Ayres said.

 

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