MediaAdvisory: Ribbon cutting Sept. 1 for three new Del. Guard buildings -- military projects at New Castle Airport totaled $54M of federal construction funds, about 178,000 sq. ft. of space

Release Number: 050811

On Thursday, Sept. 1 at 12:00 p.m. the Delaware National Guard will host a combined ribbon cutting ceremony for three newly constructed buildings. The ceremony will be held at the Army Aviation Support Facility in New Castle, Del.

Media are invited to attend. Governor Markell, Senator Carper, Senator Coons and Rep. Carney will attend. After the ribbon cutting there will be a tour of that new building, then a bus ride to tour the other two buildings.

***DO NOT GO TO THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE.***

The Army Aviation Support Facility is located at 33 Corporate Circle, New Castle, DE 19720. The entrance is on Penns Way, off Commons Blvd in New Castle, across from the New Castle County Government building.

Background information for each facility:

Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF), Delaware Army National Guard
  • Broke ground on Sept. 18, 2009
  • $27.8 million project, all with federal funds
  • Includes two new buildings and expansion of existing facility
  • Supports three Army aviation units, two of which are currently deployed to Afghanistan. Two units fly UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, the other flies a C-12 twin-engine turboprop aircraft
  • Project included renovating 24,000 sq. ft. of existing space and adding 48,000 sq. ft., all for maintenance, operations, and admin space
  • New 31,000 sq. ft. storage facility will house 14 UH-60 Black Hawks and the C-12
  • Is LEED Silver rated and has geothermal heating and cooling, uses LED lighting
  • In total: 103,000 sq. ft. of new or renovated space to support 15 aircraft and about 250 Soldiers
Aircraft Maintenance Hangar, Delaware Air National Guard
  • Phased project broke ground Oct. 17, 2008
  • $22.4 million project, all with federal funds
  • Supports maintenance of C-130 transport aircraft
  • Includes 28,000 sq. ft. hangar bay ($10.8M), and 38,100 sq. ft. of maintenance shops and administrative areas ($11.6M)
  • Is LEED Silver rated. Has multiple energy-efficient design elements including: geothermal exchange heating and cooling, "cool roof" light-colored materials to reduce heat gain, roof designed for future solar panel installation
  • In total 66,100 sq. ft. of space to support 8 aircraft and approx. 250 Airmen
166th Network Warfare Squadron building, Delaware Air National Guard
  • Broke ground on Aug. 27, 2009
  • $3.2 million project, all with federal funds
  • 9,300 sq. ft. building houses network security operations
  • LEED Silver with geothermal heating and cooling, other energy-responsible elements
  • Approx. 60 Airmen work here
Delaware National Guard
First Regiment Road
Wilmington DE 19808

Contact Lt. Col. Len Gratteri 302-540-0134 
leonard.gratteri@us.army.mil information.

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