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Guard Breaks Ground for New Desoto County Readiness Center
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Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, along with state and DeSoto County officials assemble at the DeSoto County Department of Road Management to break ground for a new DeSoto County Army National Guard Readiness Center, Jan. 28, 2019. The new facility will be located on Star Landing Road in Nesbit, cover 101,846 square feet, and will be the home of three Mississippi Army National Guard units, representing all major MSARNG commands. The project is valued at approximately $30 million and will begin when the federal funding procurement process is completed.
JACKSON, Miss.—The Mississippi National Guard conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new DeSoto County Army National Guard Readiness Center, Jan 28, 2019. The event was held at the DeSoto County Department of Road Management located at 2373 Gwynn Road in Nesbit.

The new will be located on Star Landing Road in Nesbit, cover 101,846 square feet, and will be the home of three Mississippi Army National Guard units, representing all major MSARNG commands. The project is valued at approximately $30 million and will begin when the federal funding procurement process is completed.

"This new facility will strengthen our readiness to serve the people of DeSoto County and the state of Mississippi," said Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of Mississippi. "We would like to thank the federal, state, and local officials who've worked on this project for their assistance in building a new readiness center. We're also thankful for Maj. (Ret.) Bill Austin for donating 10 acres for the site."

U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, 1st District - Mississippi and numerous state and county officials were present to break ground on the project. The new readiness center will replace a leased facility at the former Walmart located at 385 Stateline Road in Southaven.

"If there is any type of emergency or natural disaster, we'll have boots on the ground and people to help," said Lee Caldwell, president of the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors. "This is a very patriotic county and we're very proud to be able to host all of these soldiers."
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