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Armed Forces Reserve Center In Fairmont Near Completion

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FAIRMONT -

The Armed Forces are moving from their old location on Mary Lou Retton Drive to a brand new building in East Fairmont.

The project is nearing completion and officials said they couldn't be more excited.

"There's a couple new armories in the state that's been a benefit to the other units as well," said Battalion Commander Timothy Vance. "It's just a major facility that's going to open up a lot of doors for the community and the army as well."

The National Guard and Army Reserve will share the new facility, which is one of the biggest in the state.

The new gymnasium is about the size of the old Armory and will be available for disaster situations.

Officials said it will give them plenty of room to move around vehicles, have an indoor weapons engagement facility, and a brand new kitchen with state of the art appliances.

"All new equipment is meant for army physical fitness," Commander Vance said. "We train year round for our physical fitness tests. We've got all new fiber optic wiring inside. Com-sec is a big deal for us here. So it's all secure."

The Marion County School Board currently pays rent to use the old facility for Fairmont Senior basketball games and other community activities.

It plans to purchase the old armory on Mary Lou Retton Drive for $300,000.

"We should end up with a nice facility that's now going to belong to us and then we should also end up at least even or maybe even a little better than even on the financial end of it," said Marion County Superintendent of Schools Gary Price.

The Armed Forces Reserve Center will be named after Hershel "Woody" Williams, a West Virginia soldier who served in World War II.

"He served his country well," Commander Vance said. "He's a native West Virginian and we are going to make him the name, the same as the current armory as well."

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on October 18 at 10 a.m.

A tour of the facility will be provided afterward.