• Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, The Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard; Governor Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama; Maj. Gen. Gill P. Beck, Commander of the 81st Regional Support Command, USAR; and Mayor Todd Strange, Mayor of Montgomery, Ala.; cut the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the new Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 7, 2011. US Army photo by Spc. Brenda Thomas, Alabama Army National Guard Public Affairs

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    Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, The Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard; Governor Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama; Maj. Gen. Gill P. Beck, Commander of the 81st Regional Support Command, USAR; and Mayor Todd Strange, Mayor of Montgomery, Ala...

  • Just before the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery, Ala., Maj. Gen. Gill Beck and Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Wills of the 81st Regional Support Command talk with Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, the Alabama Adjutant General on December 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four Army Reserve units and three Army National Guard units. The units are: USAR - 7233rd Medical Support Unit, 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, 282nd Quartermaster Company and the 206th Transportation Company; ALARNG - Joint Force Headquarters, 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 151st Army band. US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joel Quebec, 81st RSC Public Affairs

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    Just before the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery, Ala., Maj. Gen. Gill Beck and Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Wills of the 81st Regional Support Command talk with Maj. Gen. Perry...

  • Mr. Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, speaks at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center on December 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four Army Reserve units and three Army National Guard units. The units are: USAR - 7233rd Medical Support Unit, 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, 282nd Quartermaster Company and the 206th Transportation Company; ALARNG - Joint Force Headquarters, 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 151st Army band. US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joel Quebec, 81st RSC Public Affairs

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    Mr. Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, speaks at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center on December 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four Army...

  • Mr. Todd Strange, the Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, speaks at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center on December 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four Army Reserve units and three Army National Guard units. The units are: USAR - 7233rd Medical Support Unit, 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, 282nd Quartermaster Company and the 206th Transportation Company; ALARNG - Joint Force Headquarters, 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 151st Army band.

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    Mr. Todd Strange, the Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, speaks at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center on December 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four...

  • Soldiers and civilians who work in the new Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery, Ala., attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four Army Reserve units and three Army National Guard units. The units are: USAR - 7233rd Medical Support Unit, 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, 282nd Quartermaster Company and the 206th Transportation Company; ALARNG - Joint Force Headquarters, 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 151st Army band.

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    Soldiers and civilians who work in the new Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery, Ala., attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four...

  • Following the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery Ala., Lt. Col. Lee Desmond the design and project manager, Alabama Army National Guard, gives a tour of the building to The Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, 81st Regional Support Command's Maj. Gen. Gill P. Beck and 81st RSC Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Wills. Here, they are on their way toward the mess facility.  The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four Army Reserve units and three Army National Guard units. The units are: USAR - 7233rd Medical Support Unit, 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, 282nd Quartermaster Company and the 206th Transportation Company; ALARNG - Joint Force Headquarters, 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 151st Army band.

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    Following the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery Ala., Lt. Col. Lee Desmond the design and project manager, Alabama Army National Guard, gives a tour of the building to The Adjutant...

  • Following the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery Ala., Col. Brian Barrontine the Construction and Facility manager, Alabama Army National Guard, gives a tour of the building to The Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, 81st Regional Support Command's Maj. Gen. Gill P. Beck and 81st RSC Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Wills. Here, they are in the area which houses the four Army Reserve tenant units; 7233rd Medical Support Unit, 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, 282nd Quartermaster Company and the 206th Transportation Company. The current facility replaces seven older buildings.

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    Following the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery Ala., Col. Brian Barrontine the Construction and Facility manager, Alabama Army National Guard, gives a tour of the building to The...

  • Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, The Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard speaks during officially opening the new Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older buildings and houses four Army Reserve units and three Army National Guard units. The units are: USAR - 7233rd Medical Support Unit, 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, 282nd Quartermaster Company and the 206th Transportation Company; ALARNG - Joint Force Headquarters, 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 151st Army band.

    20111207-A-IL912-005 The Alabama Adjutant General

    Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, The Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard speaks during officially opening the new Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 7, 2011. The new facility replaces seven other older...

  • Following the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery Ala., Lt. Col. Lee Desmond the design and project manager, Alabama Army National Guard, gives a tour of the building's mess facility to The Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, 81st Regional Support Command's Maj. Gen. Gill P. Beck.

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    Following the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center in Montgomery Ala., Lt. Col. Lee Desmond the design and project manager, Alabama Army National Guard, gives a tour of the building's mess facility to...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- While many in the nation were remembering Pearl Harbor, the Alabama Army National Guard and the 81st Regional Support Command, US Army Reserve conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Joint Force Headquarters Armed Forces Readiness Center here on December 7, 2011.
In attendance among the Soldiers and civilians stationed here were Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Mayor of Montgomery, Mr. Todd Strange, The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith and Maj. Gen. Gill P. Beck, commander of the 81st Regional Support Command.
Although the occupants started moving in last December, the building was only finished recently and the work continued around the building's employees. The current facility replaced seven other older and geographically separate buildings and has already saved money in energy costs even before many of the energy-saving measures were fully implemented and is the largest solar project in the state.
"I was surprise at the connectivity," said Mayor Strange, speaking of the facility's communication system.
"This building is modern," said Smith. "Just like the National Guard is today. This building is for warriors because we still live in a dangerous world."
"After 10 years of war, together, the Army Reserve and the National Guard have made our Army stronger." Beck said. "What we have here is an example of what makes America great and how Americans respond to challenges and how Alabama is leading the way in bringing us together as one team."
Gov. Bentley also praised the finished project but added, "It's not the building, it's the people who occupy the building that are important. I'm proud of this building but prouder of all of you."
The units that are housed at the new facility are the 7233rd Medical Support Unit, the 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, the 282nd Quartermaster Company and the 206th Transportation Company of the Army Reserve and for the National Guard, the Joint Force Headquarters, the 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 151st Army Band.

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