INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana National Guard dedicated Field Maintenance Shop #8 at the Terre Haute International Airport, Saturday, July 23.
The maintenance shop is home to more than a dozen Indiana Army National Guard federal technicians who help maintain, manage and repair equipment such as Humvees, rough terrain forklifts, towable howitzers and radios.
“This represents a move across the organization to provide the facilities required to be ready to respond to the needs of our state and nation,” said Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr, the adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard.
The 100 percent, federally funded shop replaced the shop located in Brazil, which was built in 1959.
“Field Maintenance Shop 8 has received a much-needed upgrade,” said U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon during his speech to the troops. “Our military can’t be successful without the proper equipment. This 29,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will undoubtedly ensure our citizen-soldiers can rely on mission-ready and mission-capable equipment.”
The shop and its maintenance technicians will support seven units throughout western Indiana, including Headquarters, 81st Troop Command; Headquarters Company, 519th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion; 2219th Forward Support Company; Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery Regiment; 138th Quartermaster Company; 135th Chaplain Detachment, and the Indiana National Guard’s disaster-response team.
“I look forward to the continued contribution this facility, and the men and women working here, will have on current and future generations of soldiers,” said Bucshon, who represents Indiana’s eighth district.
The $9-plus million project to build the shop started in fall 2013, and it was completed in spring 2016.