Soldiers and civilians alike were present Friday morning during a ribbon cutting at the Pennsylvania National Guard Honesdale Readiness Center.
- Soldiers and civilians alike were present Friday morning during a ribbon cutting at the Pennsylvania National Guard Honesdale Readiness Center.
The center is the home of Company A, 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment and is located at 232 Tryon Street in Honesdale.
The facility was completed in 1977 and was expanded from 19,668 square to the current 29,534 square feet. The additional 9,866 square footage is designed to house offices, classroom, simulation centers and miscellaneous multi purpose spaces.
Major General Wesley E. Craig spoke at the ceremony, highlighting the many uses of the new facility.
"It really does have multiple community uses," he said. "It is like a second home for all the soldiers who drill here and their families." The facility has already been used for local 4-H meetings and support groups for families with loved ones serving overseas.
The existing space was upgraded to include infrastructure improvements to electrical, mechanical and communication improvements, basic finishes to the assembly hall, personnel storage, vault and unit storage.
The new structure is supported by a brand new 3,611 square foot maintenance training building, a new 32,000 gallon fire water storage and improved landscape for the 10-acre site.
The complete cost for the project came in at $8.14 million. The facility is now state-of-the-art and energy efficient and will house the 135 National Guard Soldiers from the 109th Infantry Regiment.
About the 109th Infantry
The Honesdale Readiness Center is home to Company A, 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment.
This company was originally organized on Aug. 23, 1878 as Company E, 13th Infantry Regiment. Over the course of the next 135 years, this unit would be re-designated several times as Company 11th Infantry; again as Company E, 13th Infantry; Machine Gun Company, 13th Infantry; Company H, 109th Infantry and Company D, 1st Battle Group, 109th Infantry.
The unit has participated in a variety of campaigns including World War I, World War II, Bosina, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
In addition, the "Honesdale National Guard" has assisted with several state support mobilization, including winter storms, flood disaster, and any time the call comes from the citizens of the city of Honesdale, Wayne County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Honesdale facility was originally dedicated on March 11, 1978, and has been the backbone of National Guard Soldiers in this area in support of the local citizens since then and will be for many years to come.