Soldiers, Guilford Co. leaders meet for Army Reserve Center groundbreaking

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Soldiers and Guilford County leaders met for the groundbreaking of a new Army Reserve Center in McLeansville on Saturday.

The 16 million dollar facility will serve 600 soldiers and five units.

The units are the 12th Judge Advocate General Attachment, 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion, 320th Combat Support  Hospital, 3rd Battalion, 518th Regiment Detachment (Company D&E) and the 396th Ambulance Company.

The other three reserve centers on McCloud Drive in Greensboro, North Church Street in Greensboro and Martin Luther King  Jr. Drive in Winston Salem will shut down.

Lt. Col. Rob Cooley said soldiers have outgrown other outdated facilities.

"It's absolutely time for us to move out we've expanded beyond our capabilities in there. The building is not where it needs to be in technology and access and a new facility together with the other units in the area gives us an incredible opportunity to be productive and more able to serve our interests around the world," Cooley said.

Lt. Col. Rob Cooley said the funding for the facility was set aside before the military budget cut from the government and the new site should be complete by the summer of 2014.