- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation say the U.S. Army has approved $12.8 million to replace the National Guard Readiness Center in Columbia which was destroyed by a tornado in December last year.

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, in a news release Wednesday, said replacing the 43,105-square-foot center will allow the National Guard to fully meet its mission to support individual and collective training, administrative, automation, communications, and logistical requirements for the Mississippi National Guard.

The Army is making the funding available after determining that soldier readiness is being harmed because of reduced training time resulting from the destroyed center and the unit’s subsequent relocation to temporary facilities at Camp Shelby.

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