By Staff Sgt. Noshoba Davis, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office
CAMP MINDEN, La – The Louisiana National Guard held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Collective Training Unaccompanied Housing, Open-Bay Barracks at Camp Minden in Minden, Louisiana, Jan. 31.
The Collective Training Unaccompanied Housing, Open-Bay Barracks will serve to house a company size element, up to 170 people, while training at Camp Minden.
“Projects like this not only improve the esprit de corps of the service members visiting Camp Minden, but they also contribute to the local community’s economy,” said Brig. Gen. Thomas Friloux, the adjutant general of Louisiana. “Thank you to Governor Landry, our Congressional delegates, State delegates, the Louisiana Military Department, Col. Slaven and your team at the Construction Facilities and Management Office; Sutton, Beebe, & Babin Architects, Somdal Associates and McInnis Brothers Construction for making this project possible.”
The new facility will be more than 28,000 square feet and provide service members with bunks in open-bay billets, private quarters for senior noncommissioned officers and officers, a dining facility and kitchen, administration offices and a supply area. The total construction cost for this project is $10,425,000.
“Construction projects are a team effort and I know that our service members are going to appreciate these new facilities for many years to come,” said Friloux.