SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- Community members came together in Saugerties to celebrate the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art Army Reserve Center.
Army officials were joined by state and local lawmakers for a ribbon cutting at the new facility located on the King's Highway. The 41,000 square foot building will serve about 176 members of the 854th Engineer Battalion. It will also be used for classroom training, vehicle maintenance and storage.
Soldiers say they are excited about the additional resources.
"Just having a locker room with showers and a fitness center. We’ve required physical fitness probably since George Washington was at Valley Forge, but for years if they did physical fitness, and you did it early in the day, you kinda just went back and toweled off. Everybody smelled the same I guess,” said Maj. Gen. Razz Waff.
Excess inventory from the former facility on Flatbush Avenue in Kingston is being offered to other army agencies. No word yet on future plans for that building.