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Big Island gets Armed Forces Reserve Center

HILO >> The Hawaii Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves plan to bless a new joint facility at Keaukaha Military Reservation in Hilo today.

The six buildings of the Armed Forces Reserve Center feature an assembly hall, physical fitness center, storage, classrooms, and other resources.

The facility replaces two Hawaii National Guard armories in Honokaa and Keaau as well as the Hilo Army Reserve Center.

Maj. Gen. Darryll Wong, the state adjutant general, and the Hawaii Army National Guard’s commander, Brig. Gen. Gary Hara, are expected to attend the blessing this afternoon.

The facility has solar power panels, solar water heaters, and other technology to save energy.

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