Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The U.S. Army Reserve says it will start soon on building a new command and control unit in Wichita.
The 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command will be located at the Lanny J. Wallace Army Reserve Center.
Kansas Republican Sens. Sam Brownback, and Sen. Pat Roberts and Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt announced the plans Wednesday, along with Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, chief of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Tiahrt says adding more military personnel in Kansas will help the state address a gap created by base closures in 2005. He says the hundreds of new jobs will boost the local economy.
The Army Reserve has placed the unit in a two-year "carrier status" to allow for time to equip it, recruit soldiers and start training. The planned activation date is Sept. 16, 2011.