48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team opens 17-million dollar headquarters

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – National Guardsmen in Macon broke ground on the 17-million dollar facility in 2011. 

According to leaders of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the new building was paid for through federal funds. Military Officials want to make sure the Georgia National Guard has sufficient facilities nationwide.

The team not only celebrated the opening of their new facility, but they also recognized the volunteers who came back from overseas last month.

“We all like to deploy because it’s what we do. We train our who lives for the opportunity. Coming home, obviously it feels good because you’re away from your families and the community,” explained Sergeant Major Shawn Lewis.

The 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned home from Afghanistan six weeks ago.

Friday’s ceremony allowed them to reconnect with the community and show off their new headquarters. 

“We have the ability to have full operations out of here to support local and community activities such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, winter storms,” explained Logistics Officer, Aaron Anderson.

The Macon Readiness Center houses multiple units and it’s more technologically advanced.

Volunteers remember the old facility was worn down. There was water damage and not enough office space.

Anderson noted the new operations center allows them to work together in one room. He believes their future missions will be more effective because of this new facility. 

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