National Guard Headquarters to be Named for Beau Biden

Release Number: 010516

National Guard Headquarters to be Named for Beau Biden                                   
Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to attend Memorial Day Dedication

On Monday, May 30, at 2 pm, the Delaware National Guard will honor the late Beau Biden, a former Attorney General, and a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard, by naming the Delaware National Guard Headquarters, located at 250 Airport Road in New Castle, after him. A ceremony will unveil new signage dedicating the building as the "Major Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center." Members of Beau Biden's family, including the Vice President, Joe Biden, and Dr. Biden, will attend.

Beau Biden joined the Delaware Army National Guard in 2003 and served as a Judge Advocate General in several units of assignment. In the fall of 2008, he deployed to Iraq for a year as a member of the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade and earned the Bronze Star. In 2011, he attained the rank of Major. He received the Legion of Merit and the Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross posthumously.

"Nothing made Beau more proud than putting on his uniform and reporting for duty," said Hallie Biden, Beau's widow. "He adored his brothers and sisters in the Delaware National Guard and what they represented in our state. The men and women who walk through the doors of this building are the finest we have - we're honored that he will forever be associated with them."

"Like his father, Beau dedicated his life to serving the citizens of his state and country," said Major General Frank Vavala, Adjutant General for the Delaware National Guard. "Major Biden's exemplary commitment embodied the Citizen-Soldier concept and we could not think of anyone more deserving or worthy of having his name on this state of the art building occupied by the men and women of our military."

The National Guard/Reserve Center opened in August 2014 and is a 106,000 square foot facility that houses the Army and Air National Guard Headquarters, as well as the local U.S. Navy Reserve. The building received gold level status in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, which recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

COORDINATING NOTES:

** Media will have on-site parking and must arrive NLT 12:00, pm.

For more information, or for media RSVP, please contact Lt. Col. Len Gratteri at 302-540-0134 or email at Leonard.a.gratteri.mil@mail.mil
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