A new $20 million National Guard Readiness Center is coming to Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A new National Guard Readiness Center will be built next to the Rapid City Regional Airport to house the National Guard aviation center.

This is the site for a new 20-million dollar National Guard Readiness Center. It will be built next to the Rapid City Regional Airport to house the National Guard aviation center. Governor Dennis Daugaard pledged 4-million to the project, with the rest of the funding coming from the federal government. The existing facility is too crowded with personnel and an aircraft and was not built with the intent of aviation. But the new one is designed specifically to handle the rotary wing aircraft. There will be classrooms and training areas to train 150 soldiers. This will help in wildfire and search and rescue missions.

"Also, support of the education of the soldiers again enhance their readiness and bring them to the highest levels to support state and federal missions," says South Dakota Army National Guard Construction and Facilities Management Officer Martin Yost.

The construction is scheduled to start in 2019.