• Brig. Gen. William J. Gothard, Deputy Commander of the 81st Regional Support Command; US Army Reserve Ambassador Allie Braswell; Vice Mayor Patty Mahany; 1st Lt. Alejandro Rosado, Commander of the 81st Trailer Transfer Detachment and Congressman John Mica  pose after unveiling a picture of the future site. These 18 acres of land will have a new 31,030 sq.ft. training building, 4686 sq.ft maintenance facility and a 907 sq.ft. storage. The project is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2013.

    Sanford Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Brig. Gen. William J. Gothard, Deputy Commander of the 81st Regional Support Command; US Army Reserve Ambassador Allie Braswell; Vice Mayor Patty Mahany; 1st Lt. Alejandro Rosado, Commander of the 81st Trailer Transfer Detachment and Congressman John...

  • Vice Mayor Patty Mahany welcomed and gave a City of Sanford history lesson to all military and civilian personal that attended the Army Reserve Ground Breaking Ceremony. Expressing how in the past and future the City of Sanford has always been great supporters of all personal that are affiliated with the military.

    Sanford Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Vice Mayor Patty Mahany welcomed and gave a City of Sanford history lesson to all military and civilian personal that attended the Army Reserve Ground Breaking Ceremony. Expressing how in the past and future the City of Sanford has always been great...

  • US Congressman John Mica, 7th District of Florida welcomed everyone to the City of Sanford. Stating that heâ,"s never serviced in the military but he is a big supporter and wanted all the soldiers that attended the ceremony to take a message back home from him thanking each family member for their support.

    Sanford Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    US Congressman John Mica, 7th District of Florida welcomed everyone to the City of Sanford. Stating that heâ,"s never serviced in the military but he is a big supporter and wanted all the soldiers that attended the ceremony to take a message back...

  • Col. Patrick Briley, Director of Public Works of the 81st Regional Support Command; Brenda Carey, Seminole County District 5 Commissioner; Bob Dallari, Seminole County District 1 Commissioner, Vice Mayor Patty Mahany; Mark McCarty, City of Sanford District 1 Commissioner; US Congressman John Mica, 7th District of Florida; Brig. Gen. William J. Gothard, Deputy Commander of the 81st Regional Support Command; 1st Lt. Alejandro Rosado, Commander of the 81st Trailer Transfer Detachment; and US Army Reserve Ambassador Allie Braswell; prepare to break ground on a new Army Reserve facility.

    Sanford Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Col. Patrick Briley, Director of Public Works of the 81st Regional Support Command; Brenda Carey, Seminole County District 5 Commissioner; Bob Dallari, Seminole County District 1 Commissioner, Vice Mayor Patty Mahany; Mark McCarty, City of Sanford...

SANFORD, Fla. -- An $8 million Army Reserve center is going up and is expected to be completed by spring 2013, bringing the military back into the Sanford community.
The 81st Regional Support Command, based at Fort Jackson, S.C., hosted the groundbreaking ceremony, which brought representatives from throughout the Sanford community and the Army Reserve.
Brig. Gen. William J. Gothard, Deputy Commander of the 81st RSC, welcomed the guests during a day that was gloomy but marked not just the beginning of the construction project but the development of a long lasting friendship.
"This facility is very meaningful to the Army Reserve as it is to the community and state of Florida," said Gothard. The General reflected back to the time during his first Army Reserve assignment, which was twenty years ago and his unit was housed in World War II barracks with minimal upkeep.
Gothard thanked Florida Congressman John Mica for the work that Congress as done for the last 10 years. "We have made unbelievable strides forward for the Soldiers who are out here doing the nation's business everyday and this facility will be one of those examples of a modern state of the art facility that our soldiers deserve and the American public deserves the Army to be in."
The future home will belong to the 81st Trailer Transfer Detachment, Port Management Detachment and the 436th Civil Affairs Battalion. The Sanford community is excited and preparing their community for their future neighbors.
"We promise to the City of Sanford that we will be good neighbors, I just ask that you take care of my Soldiers," said Gothard.
The Congressman and Vice Mayor Patty Mahany spoke individually both reassuring Brig. Gen. Gothard that his Soldiers will be well taken care of. "General you don't need to worry about the community embracing the military. The congressman will tell you this is a military town," said Vice Mayor Mahany.
"I don't know if you know this but you're currently standing on sacred ground dating back to 1942," said Mahany. The Vice Mayor gave a brief history lesson on the Naval Air Station Sanford which existed for 25 years in the Stanford community and played major roles in World War II, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam conflict. Out of these conflicts Sanford had nine Prisoners of War. This brought the community together to support all military families and soldiers during their deployments.
"This is a town who understands the military, appreciates, embraces, and loves the military and we are so excited to have you back," said Mahany.
The Army Reserve leaders and several Sanford community leaders used 5 gold-painted shovels to break ground during the ceremony, leading the way for a new training building, maintenance facility and a storage building totaling more than 31, 030 square feet on the 18-acre site.

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