Algona is losing its Iowa National Guard base


JOHNSTON, Iowa – The Iowa National Guard is closing its Readiness Center in Algona.

According to a press release put out Friday afternoon, the 20,400-square foot facility will be shut down in the spring 0f 2017.  The unit stationed there – Battery B, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery – will be consolidated and moved to Camp Dodge in Johnston.

About 90 soldiers are currently assigned to the unit.

The Iowa National Guard says this is the thirteenth armory closed since a statewide consolidation and upgrade program began in 2000.

Military personnel and property will be removed from the Readiness Center within 180 of its closure and the facility will then be owned by the city of Algona.

The Iowa National Guard says it has had a continuous connection with Algona since 1889, when the first Iowa National Guard unit formed and met in the Grand Army of the Republic Hall on East State Street.

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