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January 24, 2014

Centerville armory permanently closes

CENTERVILLE — The Iowa National Guard announced Friday evening that the local armory in Centerville has been closed.

The press release from the National Guard states that the permanent closure was a result of force structure and stationing study findings.

The National Guard says the Centerville armory is the 12th armory to be closed since 2000, as a part of a state-wide consolidation and facilities upgrade program.

The armory was constructed in 1992. Most recently it was home to the 224th Engineer Battalion. That unit has been consolidated and moved to Fairfield. There were 50 soldiers assigned to the battalion.

Armories in Sioux City, Villisca, Mapleton, Atlantic, Clarinda, Glenwood, Hampton, Jefferson, Chariton, Newton and Eagle Grove have also been closed since 2000.

The press release states that armories that are closed are generally offered to the communities for repurposing.

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