• Flags stand tall just before the ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida on March 16. Included are the U.S. colors, Florida state flag, 81st RSC flag and the flag of the Army Reserve Ambassadors. The event was hosted by Army Reserve Amb. Johnny Dwiggins from North Carolina. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 10.3 acres of land at a cost just over $6 million.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Flags stand tall just before the ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida on March 16. Included are the U.S. colors, Florida state flag, 81st RSC flag and the flag of the Army Reserve Ambassadors. The event was...

  • Col. Joseph Roberts, the Director of Public Works for the 81st Regional Support Command, speaks to reporters after a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 10.3 acres of land at a cost just over $6 million.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Col. Joseph Roberts, the Director of Public Works for the 81st Regional Support Command, speaks to reporters after a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Shelia Florence speaks to reporters after a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 10.3 acres of land at a cost just over $6 million. Florence is one of over 100 Soldiers who will occupy the new facility when it opens in early 2014.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Sgt. 1st Class Shelia Florence speaks to reporters after a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft...

  • Military and civil officials toss the first shovels of dirt during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 training building, a 4,627 maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 103 acres of land. The $6 million facility will be comepleted sometime in early 2014 and house 100 Soldiers in three transortation detachments.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Military and civil officials toss the first shovels of dirt during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 training building, a 4,627...

  • Military and civil officials toss the first shovels of dirt during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 training building, a 4,627 maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 103 acres of land. The $6 million facility will be comepleted sometime in early 2014 and house 100 Soldiers in three transortation detachments.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Military and civil officials toss the first shovels of dirt during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 training building, a 4,627...

  • Military and civil officials unveil the artist rendering during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 training building, a 4,627 maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 103 acres of land. The $6 million facility will be completed sometime in early 2014 and house 100 Soldiers in three transortation detachments.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Military and civil officials unveil the artist rendering during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 training building, a 4,627 maintenance...

  • Military and civil officials unveil the artist rendering during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 training building, a 4,627 maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 103 acres of land. The $6 million facility will be completed sometime in early 2014 and house 100 Soldiers in three transortation detachments.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Military and civil officials unveil the artist rendering during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 training building, a 4,627 maintenance...

  • Lt. Col. Katrina Dowis, the Executive Officer for the 207th Regional Support Group, speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 10.3 acres of land at a cost just over $6 million.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Lt. Col. Katrina Dowis, the Executive Officer for the 207th Regional Support Group, speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training...

  • Bay County Florida Commissioner Guy Tunnell speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 10.3 acres of land at a cost just over $6 million.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Bay County Florida Commissioner Guy Tunnell speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft...

  • Army Reserve Ambassador for North Carolina Johnny Dwiggins speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 10.3 acres of land at a cost just over $6 million.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Army Reserve Ambassador for North Carolina Johnny Dwiggins speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft...

  • mbers of the Post 356, Lynn Haven, Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars salute during the playing of the National Anthem that began a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 10.3 acres of land at a cost just over $6 million.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    mbers of the Post 356, Lynn Haven, Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars salute during the playing of the National Anthem that began a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida on March 16. The new facility will include a...

  • Col. Joseph Roberts, the Director of Public Works for the 81st Regional Support Command, speaks to reporters after a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will include a 17,769 sq. ft. training building, a 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance building and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on 10.3 acres of land at a cost just over $6 million.

    Panhandle Army Reserve Center holds groundbreaking

    Col. Joseph Roberts, the Director of Public Works for the 81st Regional Support Command, speaks to reporters after a ground breaking ceremony for a new Army Reserve center in Bay County, Florida near Panama City on March 16. The new facility will...

BAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The community of Bay County, Florida will be getting a new $6 million Army Reserve center which is expected to be completed by early 2014 and will house three transportation units and over 100 Soldiers.
The 81st Regional Support Command, based at Fort Jackson, S.C., hosted the groundbreaking ceremony, which brought representatives from throughout the Bay County community and the Army Reserve.
Army Reserve Ambassador for North Carolina Johnny Dwiggins, welcomed the guests who included Mr. James Waterstradt, the staff representative for Hon. Steve Southerland, U.S. Representative for Florida's 2nd congressional district, Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell and members of the units that will occupy the facility.
"Unlike the Army Reserve of the past, today's Army Reserve is truly an operational force," Dwiggins said in his opening remarks. "We transcend countries and people all over the world." He referred to the location as Fort Bay County because "this is going to be home for about 100 Soldiers. They will train here, they will serve here and they will stand ready here to defend the freedoms that you and I hold so dear."
"Bay County has a long and proud history of supporting the military and its personnel," said Tunnell. "We greatly appreciate your commitment to and defense of our country. I'm proud that the completion of this facility will expand the Army's mission here in Bay County."
"We are proud to be a part of this new facility," Sgt. 1st Class Shelia Florence told the local TV news, WMBB Channel 13 and WJHG Channel 7. "And be able to serve with the residents of Bay County and for them." Florence is also the unit administrator for the 334th.
After the artist rendering had been unveiled, several Army Reserve leaders and community leaders used gold-painted shovels to break ground during the ceremony, leading the way for a new 17,769 sq. ft. training building, 4,627 sq. ft. maintenance facility and a 458 sq. ft. storage building on the 10.3-acre site. The three units to move in next summer are the 309th, 334th and 508th Transportation Detachments.

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