Joining Forces at Fort Sill

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FORT SILL, OkIa. - With the official dedication of the new Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fort Sill, OkIa., the U.S. Army signaled its intent to "go far" as a cohesive Active and Reserve Component force.

Soldiers and senior leaders from all components gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 15, 2011, to inaugurate the new state-of-the-art facility that co-locates 13 Army Reserve and Oklahoma National Guard units in a single complex on an active-duty installation.

The new $45 million facility spans 28 acres and includes four main buildings: a 125,000 square-foot training center, a 25,000 square-foot maintenance facility, a 48,000 square-foot heated storage building and a 4,600 square-foot unheated storage building.

The 95th Training Division served as host for the event, being the largest tenant organization and manager of the new facility. The Division Headquarters recently completed its move to AFRC Fort Sill, located near Lawton, OkIa., after leaving the Twaddle Armed Forces Reserve Center in Oklahoma City. The move culminates a Base Realignment and Closure process that began in 2005 to better integrate the multi-component force.

Key participants in the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin; the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Maj. Gen. David Halverson; the Adjutant General of the State of Oklahoma, Maj. Gen. Myles Deering; the Commander of the 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), Col. William Soderberg; and the U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador for Oklahoma, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Sholar.

Speaking to more than 150 Soldiers, civilians and allied-service members assembled for the event, Gov. …