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Training center breaks ground

Army Capt. Rob Mitchell said he is grateful for the new facility because of the increased security it will have over the current site in downtown Schenectady.

"The current site does not meet the Army's standards for a secure facility," he said.

Mitchell said about 75-80 Army National Guardsmen will be trained at the new facility. There will be three different units that will come together, including a bomb squad and a logistics unit. Mitchell said there wouldn't be any large explosives set off at the site, rather classroom and other small-scale training will take place.

The Navy, which was responsible for putting this construction project together, will have about 250 people train at the facility Lt. Cmdr. Chris Pratt said.

The Navy will be performing various tasks, including medical, administrative and construction.

"This isn't a shore site, so we won't be doing any boating exercises here," Pratt said.

This site will consolidate the work of the Navy sites in Albany and Glens Falls. The Glens Falls site is scheduled to close.

The facility is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2007. ""

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