VIDEO: Ground Breaks On Guam National Guard’s Combined Support Maintenance Shop

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Guam- The Guam National Guard broke ground Friday morning on Phase 1 of its new Combined Support Maintenance Shop.

The ceremony took place at the Guard Readiness Center in Barrigada. Phase 1 of the project will provide direct support to fix vehicles and other equipment in the Guard’s inventory.

The maintenance shop will also store wheeled tactical vehicles, electronics, engineering communication and other government owned equipment. When it is finished, the building will be 17 thousand square feet and include 3 maintenance bays, storage bays, private and open offices and classrooms.

Construction Facilities Management Officer Lt. Colonel Norm Limitiaco says this maintenance shop is very much needed as the National Guard continues to grow.

“It’s very badly needed” Limtiaco. “The National Guard is 31 years old and we have not had a facility like this in its existence. So we’re going to make sure that we have this so we can keep our equipment ready to support our island and our federal mission.”

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas awarded the construction contract for $16.8 million dollars to Bulltrack Watts. It is expected to be completed in April 2013.