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Minnesota National Guard Aviation Support Facility 2 to hold Open House

The Minnesota National Guard Aviation Support Facility #2 in St Cloud is holding an Open House on Wednesday, August 19th, for members of the community and anyone that's interested in touring the new building

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From 4:00-8:00 pm visitors will have the opportunity to view the facility, Army aircraft and there will also be a climbing wall available for the kids The AASF #2 is located at 2185 45th Avenue SE, just south of the St Cloud Regional Airport

Less than 5 months ago, veterans, community leaders and military members gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 18, 2009 The facility was needed due to the Minnesota National Guard outgrowing the first facility located at Holman Field in St Paul, Minn

The 144,200 square foot facility sits on 52 acres of land The building, which cost $372 million, supports six UH-60 "Black Hawk" and four CH-47 "Chinook" helicopters The facility provides more than 60 full time jobs and helps provide critical training for about 300 Minnesota Soldiers on drill weekends

The ability to train Soldiers locally benefits not only their families, but also the state As veterans walked around the facility at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, they discussed the importance of having the facility and equipment to train Soldiers A fact that was evident as the Minnesota National Guard was called to assist in Flood Fight 2009 one week after AASF #2 began operations

Minnesota National Guard aviation units conduct a variety of missions They assist locally with missing person searches, flood relief and other aerial missions Globally, the units conduct tactical missions, area reconnaissance and medical evacuations

For more information about the Open House, please call (651) 282-4521

by Sgt Dajon Schafer, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
14 August 2009
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