Lake Park holds groundbreaking for new Army Reserve facilities
1 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 81st Regional Support Command's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, addresses the audience at a ground breaking ceremony in Lake Park, Florida on May 19. The new $16 million, 64,514 sq. ft. facility will be home to approximately 600 Soldiers whe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lake Park holds groundbreaking for new Army Reserve facilities
2 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 81st Regional Support Command's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, addresses the audience at a ground breaking ceremony in Lake Park, Florida on May 19. The new $16 million, 64,514 sq. ft. facility will be home to approximately 600 Soldiers whe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lake Park holds groundbreaking for new Army Reserve facilities
3 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Mr. Tad Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the Army Reserve, addresses the audience at a ground breaking ceremony in Lake Park, Florida on May 19. The new $16 million, 64,514 sq. ft. facility will be home to approximately 600 Soldiers when it opens in... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lake Park holds groundbreaking for new Army Reserve facilities
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7 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. Dexavior Smith, commander of the 623rd Transportation Company, addresses the audience at a ground breaking ceremony in Lake Park, Fla. The new 64,514 sq. ft. facility will be home to approximately 600 Soldiers including the 623rd, which will be... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Ground is broken in Lake Park, Florida for a new Army Reserve Center that will house approximately 600 Soldiers. the 64,514 sq. ft. facility will cost about $16 million and should be completed in the summer of 2013. Pictured from right to left are: t... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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9 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Ground is broken in Lake Park, Florida for a new Army Reserve Center that will house approximately 600 Soldiers. the 64,514 sq. ft. facility will cost about $16 million and should be completed in the summer of 2013. Pictured from right to left are: t... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lake Park holds groundbreaking for new Army Reserve facilities
10 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chief Executive Officer of the Army Reserve Tad Davis speaks to a reporter from WPBF channel 25 about the ground breaking for a new 64,514 sq. ft. Army Reserve Center in southern Florida on May 19. The project will cost approximeately $16 million and... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lake Park holds groundbreaking for new Army Reserve facilities
11 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lake Park Mayor James DuBois speaks to a reporter from WPBF channel 25 about the ground breaking for a new 64,514 sq. ft. Army Reserve Center in southern Florida on May 19. The project will cost approximeately $16 million and should be completed in t... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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12 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lake Park Mayor James DuBois speaks to a reporter from WPBF channel 25 about the ground breaking for a new 64,514 sq. ft. Army Reserve Center in southern Florida on May 19. The project will cost approximeately $16 million and should be completed in t... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

LAKE PARK, Fla. -- Five Army Reserve units will have a new home early next summer in Lake Park, Fla. The official ground breaking ceremony was held on May 19 at the new site of a 64,514 square foot facility on 13 acres of land.

The new facility will include 51,800 sq. ft. training building, a 9,373 sq. ft. organizational maintenance shop and a 3,341 sq. ft. storage are on 13 acres of land.

The event was hosted by Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, the commander of the 81st Regional Support Command. "Today we are here to recognize the commitment of Army Reserve Soldiers," said Beck. "Citizen-Soldiers from Florida and what they've done over the past 10 years and their commitment to the future." Beck said that even among severe fiscal pressures, there was an opportunity to continue to serve the nation and develop the leaders necessary to maintain a strong Army for the future. Beck charged the commander of one of the tenant units, Capt. Dexavior Smith of the 623rd Transportation Company, with providing his troops with the opportunity to be, not only good Soldiers, but also good citizens in the Lake Park community. "This is the start of something that will help Florida and our nation." He added.

"This isn't just about we, the Army Reserve, showing up here at your doorstep and digging a hole in the ground and putting in a new Army Reserve center," said Mr. Tad Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the Army Reserve. "It's about partnership and working very closely with the community." He said that the new building would fit in with the architecture of the existing neighborhood and the needs of the community and that the strength of the units would be drawn from that very community.

"For those who, like me, who have not served ," said Mr. James DuBois, mayor of Lake Park, "we know that no amount of time in civil service, elected, appointed, professional or volunteer can replace the experience and value of military service." He spoke of the honor of attending the activation ceremony for the 623rd and when he spoke there had said that "The small towns across the US from Maine to Alaska and Hawai`i, just like this one, are where this country begins as a national community." He said that the smallest communities represent the largest part of the soul of the national identity. "We recognize a commitment to make the world a better place and this starts and continues at both extremes, from the smallest towns where we live and raise our families, to the fundamental principles of the Bill of Rights. We prevail, we survive together under the same flag, we serve the same purpose." He finished with the hope that the Soldiers that would be in the new center would be as proud of the people of Lake Park as they are of the troops.

"As we all know the world's most valuable asset is the people," said Capt. Smith. "It's the people that drive organizations, who drive communities and companies. This new Reserve center will be a link between the town of Lake Park and people from around the world that represent the U.S. Army." Smith said that he hopes the Soldiers of the five new units will uplift the people of Lake Park to new success, including economic prowess.

The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of an artist's rendering of the new center and the tossing of the ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt as together the officials in attendance broke ground on the new center that is expected to be completed by the summer of 2013.