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State Elected Leadership to Join Michigan National Guard for Groundbreaking Ceremony at Kalamazoo Armory

Michigan National Guard (MING) officials along with state elected leadership will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) Kalamazoo Armory at 5353 Parkview Ave., Kalamazoo, on Monday, May 22, 2023 at 10 a.m. 

The ceremony will highlight the work that is set to begin to modernize the MIARNG facility to better serve Michigan’s women soldiers including the addition of new shower and toilet facilities and a lactation room.

The Kalamazoo Armory is one of 33 facilities across Michigan that is targeted for modernization. At the time this facility was constructed in 1977, the structure and composition of the MIARNG force was primarily male and facilities, like restrooms and showers, were designed with that in mind. Today, more than 60 women soldiers are stationed at this armory. The total investment for this project is $5.2 million ($2.7 million federal/$2.5 million state).

The ceremony comes shortly after U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that he secured nearly $26 million for the National Guard Bureau to modernize armories across Michigan. Peters also led a call for the National Guard Bureau to match the $55 million allocated by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the State of Michigan for modernization efforts.

Media are invited to attend the Monday morning ceremony for a brief tour, remarks by MING officials and a groundbreaking photo opportunity and should plan to be in place no later than 9:45 a.m. Due to construction, please use these driving directions to access the facility. To RSVP, please contact Michael Kroll at 517-285-9734 or


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