By: Rachael Witter
The Atlas Readiness Center in Mead is now open for nearly 150 National Guard soldiers. The state of the art building has nearly 48 thousand square feet for training for the 402nd Military Police Battalion. It has been under construction since 2011.
"To have a readiness center sitting out here next to our training site that has right around 1100 acres is gonna provide a lot of capabilities for the training for the soldiers that'll be stationed here and the other soldiers that'll come to use the new training site." said Lt. Col. Curtis Abendroth.
The readiness center includes a new kitchen, cubicles, tons of storage space and classroom settings, for both instruction and combat training.
"We can provide a little more realistic environment to areas we've been in the world today so that is our goal to do out here at Mead." said Abendroth.
Another building on the property is still under construction, and will offer even more storage space for vehicles, weapons, and classrooms. The buildings will allow for soldiers not stationed there to come in for additional training.
"We went ahead and tried to make the buildings be a lot more flexible so that as our fore structure changes, the buildings continue to meet the needs of our soldiers today and as well as 20 years from now, as you saw all the flexible space." said Abendroth.