New Armed Forces Reserves Center opens its doors

The National Guard and the Army Reserves have a new place to call home. The new facility is called the Amarillo Armed Forces Reserve Center and will serve both entities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held Sunday.

The Army Reserves and National Guard used to have their own separate facilities, but they were aging and a plan to build a new facility came about.

Having both entities in one facility will be beneficial because they can share resources and assist each other in training. The facility offers a lot more space.  

"We have classrooms a reading center, we have a library...or a learning center, we have the same dining facility that serves as a drill hall, a separate motor pool, the cages are all separate, there's loading ramps, there's everything you could possibly need to accomplish a mission," Drill Sgt. Joseph Brooks said.

This facility will bring more soldiers and their family to the area, which will bring revenue to the city. The National Guard and Army Reserves hope more employers will  partner with them to hire soldiers for work.