Ribbon is cut for new National Guard facility

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SEA GIRT — U.S. Rep. Chris Smith joined Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, The Adjutant General, New Jersey National Guard on Thursday in cutting the ribbon at the New Jersey Army National Guard’s Regional Training Institute.

The $32.1million, 86,000 square-foot facility includes an administration and classroom building with 10 classrooms and a library, an auditorium with seating for 225 personnel and a student housing building.

The new facility will provide soldiers the necessary classroom and related training space and billeting accommodations for year-round training and other uses.

The New Jersey Army National Guard’s Regional Training Institute is operated by the 254th Regiment [Combat Arms] as part of the One Army School System in the northeast. The institute instruction to active duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers from throughout the U.S. and Europe. It predominately receives soldiers from New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania, due to its location to those states. The primary mission support is to the units in New Jersey.

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