Dedication and ribbon cutting at Joint Force Headquarters at Stout Field
Among the distinguished guests were Indiana National Guard leaders, Maj. Gen. Cliff Tooley, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Gov. Mike Pence, and Brig. Gen. John McGoff.
The two-level addition and remodel consolidates the operations and more than 900 civilian and military personnel.
According to an Indiana National Guard press release, other improvements to adjacent structures will accommodate 500 part-time drilling personnel, and routinely support the administrative and logistics requirements of 20 full-time personnel associated with four Indiana National Guard units.
Additionally, the 38th Infantry Division Band now has a home and remarkable auditorium for concerts.
Governor Pence said this new Joint Force Headquarters will make it possible for [the Indiana National Guard] to be more prepared to defend our nation and support our people.
The projected added 80,000 square feet to building 1, and renovated 76,000 square feet of existing space in buildings 1, 3, and 9. Also included were site development and utility upgrades.
F.A. Wilhelm President Phil Kenney said the newly renovated building is a “landmark”.
“This is a landmark. And it’s not because of the dollars it cost or the impressive interior. The men and women who work here and serve the citizens make this building a landmark,” Kenney said.
Upon the retirement of Umbarger, the second longest serving TAG, at the end of May 2015, Governor Pence announced on April 9th, the new Adjutant General will be Brig. Gen. Corey Carr.