News: Marysville Armed Forces Reserve Center commissioning and ribbon cutting ceremony
Story by Sgt. Ruth Harvie
MARYSVILLE, Wash. - On April 1, 2012, the U.S. Army Reserve will officially open its Marysville Armed Forces Reserve Center. The public is invited to join us in attending the ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Marysville AFRC, 13613 40th Ave. NE, in Marysville, with a reception to follow inside the center. The commissioning is directed by the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act and will be hosted by the 88th Regional Support Command and the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) (Rear).
The official party includes Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak, commander of the 88th Regional Support Command, Col. Phillip S. Jolly, commander of the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) (Rear), Jerry Nehring, mayor of the city of Marysville, and Barbara Tolbert, mayor of the City of Arlington.
Soldiers from three Army Reserve and Guard Centers were consolidated to the new Center in Marysville. Many of the Reserve soldiers who served at Fort Lawton in Seattle, which officially closed its doors Feb. 25, 2012, are now based in Marysville and will continue their service at the new center. Reserve soldiers from Everett’s Major David Oswald Army Reserve Center, which also closed, have relocated to Marysville AFRC. The Washington State National Guard relocated the Guardsmen serving at the Everett Army National Guard Armory to the new Center.
A cannon salute is slated to kick off the ceremony, as well as music provided by the 204th Army Band based out of Vancouver, Wash.
We invite the public to join us as we celebrate this historic occasion. Guests are recommended to dress appropriately for the weather, as the ceremony will take place outdoors and is expected to last 60 minutes and will be followed by a reception and guided tours. Military equipment and vehicles assigned to the Reserve units at the AFRC will be on display for the public. Residents of the surrounding neighborhood are advised that military cannons will fire blank rounds during the ceremony and this could trigger nearby car alarms.
The approx $34 million facility will house several Army Reserve and Army National Guard units and took 22 months to build. Construction began on Sept. 11, 2009.