Among the official party scheduled to attend the ceremony are U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR); U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR); Oregon Senator Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day, OR-District 30); Oregon Representative John Huffman (R-The Dalles, OR-District 59); The Dalles Mayor Stephen Lawrence; Dr. Frank Toda, President of Columbia Gorge Community College; Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. Steven Beach, commander of 82nd Brigade Troop Command.
The new readiness center replaces the Webber Street armory, built in 1951, as the home of Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard. Approximately 150 Soldiers will gather at the facility each month to train. The space is also shared with Columbia Gorge Community College.
The bottom floor of the building will be used by students and faculty of community college, including two labs, two classrooms, a computer work area, and a break area with a small kitchen.
The second floor of the building contains office space, a commercial-grade kitchen and a 10,000 square-foot assembly hall for the Oregon Guard unit. The third floor houses a fitness center, locker rooms and other spaces to accommodate training needs of the Soldiers.
The facility also includes a shared industrial shop, providing 12 student welding labs and a maintenance bay for Oregon National Guard vehicles.
The readiness center will serve the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements, as well as State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.