Thursday, July 1, 2010
Armory undergoes complete renovation
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs National Guard Armory is under complete renovation.
Ssgt. Keary Jetton said the work includes electricity, plumbing, replacing doors and windows, repainting, installing new lighting, upgrading the drill hall, and installing a new heat and air system.
The $750,000 project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, he said. Some fencing will be replaced to correct an erosion problem behind the property.
Jetton said guardsmen are happy to be home and are taking leave to rest and be with their families after returning from Iraq in mid-March this year.
The unit has been deployed twice to Iraq - once for 18 months during January 2005 and again in June 2009.
“We are glad to be home,” he said, “and appreciate all the support the community has been giving us since we have been deployed.”
Sgt. James Hamblin echoed Jetton’s remarks regarding community support, especially to Guard families while they were deployed.
“I remember during Christmas the community put on a real nice Christmas and word made it back (to guardsmen in Iraq) the same day,” Hamblin said. “The unit appreciates the town and county and the support they gave our families. They really enjoyed it. It was like a Clydesdale Christmas. It made me feel good what people back home were doing for our families. It meant more for me, for them to do for our families than for us.”
Although no figures for exactly how many guardsmen from the Holly Springs Unit were deployed, all have returned home from Iraq safely, Jetton said.
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