Gov. Jindal visits Camp Minden

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 12/04 2013 10:50AM

Updated 12/04 2013 09:15PM

It's taken $26 million to construct, and now a new training facility at Camp Minden will be home to over 300 soldiers and airman.

The Armed Forces Reserve Center will serve as headquarters for the National Guard's 1083rd Transportation Company, the 39th Military Policy Company and the 122nd Air Support Operations Squadron.

It will also consolidate and more efficiently house these units already located at the military facility which includes more than 300 soldiers and airmen. 

On Wednesday, Governor Bobby Jindal came to town for the ribbon cutting.

The governor says our service members deserve nothing but the best while they're working hard to protect citizens.

"Year 'round it'll be used for training, during disasters this will be the staging area to help serve northwest Louisiana,” says Gov. Jindal. “Great day for our men and women in uniform."

"We were pretty anxious to get over here just 'cause the facility that we had before was kind of a temporary solution and now we feel like we've got a permanent fix," says Sgt. Aaron LeBlanc.

Sgt. LeBlanc is involved with training with the 39th military police company. In LeBlanc’s opinion, one benefit is the added newly-built maintenance bay.

That means he can keep an eye on his own equipment.

"We have a maintenance bay that's actually organic to the facility,” says Sgt. LeBlanc. “So, it enables us to actually maintain our own equipment without having to rely on the regional support that's in place for all of the units, you know?"

With $26 million spent on the building, Sgt. LeBlanc says the Louisiana National Guard will work hard to keep up what the taxpayers have provided.

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