Rededication of Milton-Freewater Readiness Center set for Saturday

The Oregon Military Department’s upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center will be rededicated in a public ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Oregon Military Department’s upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center will be rededicated in a public ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday. Oregon Military Department rendering

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MILTON-FREEWATER — The rededication of the Oregon Military Department’s recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key, Oregon Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, who is the department’s adjutant general, are to lead ceremonies at the center, according to a department news release. The public also is invited.

The armory, at 149 S. Main St., was first dedicated in March 1954 and is currently home to Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, Oregon Army National Guard. The facility served as a civil defense headquarters and Red Cross kitchen during the 1964 and 1965 floods.

Work on the energy-efficient upgrade began in September 2012 and was completed in March 2014 at a cost of more than $4 million, the department said.

The facility serves the community with flexible rental space and it meets building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements.

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