Wilder: Local Armory Unit on the Move

By: Dwayne Wilder

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Army Unit on the Move
Denison Armory Status Unclear
 
The U.S. Army National Guard Unit assigned to Denison will be reassigned and moved as early as spring, according to a Texas National Guard official.

“It could be spring or early summer,” said Lt. Colonel Timothy Senecaut, facilities manager for the Texas National Guard. “This is definitely going to happen, but we don’t know about the status of the armory yet.”
 
The 45 men of Bravo Troop Third Army 124th Calvary RNS will be moved to a new ‘readiness center’ with a unit from Lewisville. The new readiness center is under construction in Lewisville; and the current armory there is in the same limbo status as the Denison location.

“There are a lot of tough calls,” said Senecaut. “There are several of them we’re still looking at; there are many factors involved in such a decision.”
 
According to Senecaut, the changes are part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act. (BRAC) In December, he reported that 30 bases in Texas were on the original list with 18 – including Denison – still under consideration. Senecaut also noted that the Army National Guard staff works with local communities to find new uses for closed armory buildings.

“We may not close it (the Denison armory),” said Sencaut. “We could reassign another unit or retain it for other uses.”
 
Senecaut did not have a timetable for the disposition of the Denison armory, but said that all 2005 BRAC activities were mandated to be complete by Sept. 15.

According to Senecaut, a committee of Texas National Guard staff members is meeting every two weeks to complete the process and decide on the remainder of the bases before the deadline.


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