- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa National Guard is closing an armory in the southern Iowa city of Centerville.

The Guard announced in a news release Friday night that officials had decided to immediately close the armory after studying its force and infrastructure needs. The 21,000 Centerville armory was built in 1992.

The 50-member Company A, 224th Engineer Battalion had been assigned to the armory. It has been moved to Fairfield.

The Iowa National Guard has been making changes since 2000 in an effort to close outdated armories, consolidate units and improve facilities. The Guard also has closed armories in Atlantic, Chariton, Clarinda, Eagle Grove, Glenwood, Hampton, Jefferson, Mapleton, Newton, Sioux Center and Villisca.

Armories usually are offered to local communities.

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