National Guard opens new armory in Mount Carmel

Jeff Bobo • Mar 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM

MOUNT CARMEL — The Tennessee National Guard’s local unit has come a long way over the last half-century when it originally met at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium in the 1950s.

The $11 million Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mount Carmel officially opened its doors Sunday at 399 Highway 11-W on the grounds of the Holston Army Ammunition Plant.

The 132,000-square-foot facility on 33 acres is the new home of the Tennessee National Guard’s third squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Unit, which is moving from the 60,000-square-foot facility it occupied since 1962 on Stone Drive in Kingsport.

The new facility will also be home for the Army Reserves’ 7244 Medical Support Unit.

Lt. Col. James Blevins, commander of the third squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, said during the dedication ceremony the state-of-the-art, ecologically friendly compound is the armory of the future.

Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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