The Monday, Nov. 9, 1992 Ad Express and Daily Iowegian reported the unit held a dedication ceremony and an open house at the new armory on Saturday, Nov. 7. The story says a large number of visitors, dignitaries and unit members attended the dedication.
A second dedication and open house for the new Centerville armory on Dewey Road was held Saturday, May 8, 1993. The public was invited to tour the facility and listen to the dedication address given by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
A story published by the Daily Iowegian on Monday, May 10, 1993 says approximately 180 members of the community and guard were in attendance for the dedication and opening ceremony. Gov. Branstad spoke, as did Major Gen. Warren Lawson, the adjutant general for Iowa. “A magnificent unit deserves a magnificent facility,” Lawson said.
Centerville Guard Units Evolve
Centerville Company E, 2nd Regiment would go on to be re-designated the 1st Separate Company, 3rd Regiment and then later the 7th Separate Company, 168th Regiment, and then after it was mustered into federal service to fight for the Mexican Border War and WWI as Company D, 168th Infantry and then following the war re-organized as Company G, 168th Infantry. The armory at Dewey Road would be the home to Detachment 2, 2133rd Transportation Company and Company A, 224th Engineer Battalion. The guard unit when the Dewey Road armory was built was for Company C, 224th Engineer Battalion.