Army Reserve Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Headquarters in Los Al

Soldiers, city leaders and community members attended the recent dedication at the Joint Forces Training Base.

The 79th Sustainment Support Command opened its new 53,000-square-foot headquarters on the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base

Dozens of soldiers, civic leaders and community members attended the Jan. 12 dedication of the facility, according to an Army news release.

The 79th commands about 20,000 Army Reserve soldiers and civilians across 19 states west of the Mississippi River.

"The structure behind me is proof positive of U.S. Army commitment to our Army Reserve soldiers," said Maj. Gen. William D. Frink Jr., commander of the 79th. "Our new home represents $29 million worth of construction in Southern California. This is tangible recognition of the Army Reserve as an indispensable force to our nation."

According to Frink, the building is designed to be environmentally friendly -- it uses renewable energy, recycled material and low amounts of water. 

The parking lot is also covered in a photovoltaic system that, according to Edward Desmond of Cox Construction of Vista, Calif., will produce 375 KVA (kilovolt-amps), generating enough power to offset the building's consumption on the Los Alamitos power grid.

"We demonstrate care for our community by ensuring we are good stewards of our environment,"  Frink said.

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Ken Lopez January 19, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Take a look at the National Guard facilities after seeing the Army Reserve's new facility. The Guard is the reserve component's combat arms units. They are housed in facilities that should be condemned. Our soldiers deserve much better.


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