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Posted: Wednesday, Jun 19th, 2013

The Redfield National Guard will be leaving Redfield on June 22 after a farewell assembly takes place on Friday, June 21. DEREK KEELING | REDFIELD PRESS

The Redfield National Guard will be leaving Redfield at the end of this month. The National Guard will be having an ceremony for the closure on Friday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m. A BBQ feed will be held after the ceremony followed by a dance.

The 64 people currently stationed at the Redfield Armory will be moving to Watertown starting on June 22. The move to Watertown has been the plan since early 2012. Word of the move came in late 2012 when the National Guard made it known that Watertown was building a facility that will house numerous troops from various areas, including Redfield.

The National Guard is restructuring the way they house the troops by taking a regional approach versus a local approach. The change will end up saving the National Guard a lot of money in facility costs.

The Redfield National Guard has been in the Redfield Armory since 1955 when a lease was signed between the National Guard and the Redfield Public School for use of the Armory.

The National Guard has had a presence in Redfield since before South Dakota was a state, said David Nichols, a National Guard member. The first company dates back to 1884, when Company D 1st Regiment was stationed there.

“It’s a sad thing that the Guard has to move,” Nichols said. “But there’s always change in the future.”

Numerous military dignitaries will be present from both the state and national level.

The last assembly of the National guard will be the following day, Saturday, June 22. The full-time force will be completely gone sometime in the middle of July, and the key to the Armory will be handed over on the 23rd of July.

According to City Hall, currently no official decisions have been made as to what is going to become of the Armory, but plans are in the works and will be announced when they become available.

For the complete article see the 06-12-2013 issue.

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