Fort Rucker sees progress on new training facility construction

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FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WDHN) — Fort Rucker began it’s new training facility project last year and they are still on target for completion at the end of October.

This will be one of the tallest structures on the army aviation base and will be an academic training facility for pilots and other army soldiers.

“The training support facility will offer them the availability of artifacts that they can do their paperwork and studies on,” Director of Fort Rucker Museum, Robert D. Mitchell said. “We’ll have a reference library complete with all of the training manuals and operational maintenance manuals.”

Not only will this new building be a training facility but it will also be a museum type storage area for historical artifacts.

Many of the items that are no longer operational in the army and the evolutionary models of planes and helicopters will be stored in the new building, many of which have not been showcased in years.

“Having the collection which for the most part has been in storage for six decades,” Mitchell said. “They’re being restored, which most of it has already been restored, and on exhibit in the chronological display that represents the evolutionary history of army aviation.”

Despite difficulties felt last year from the COVID-19 pandemic, construction is still on schedule to finish later this year but it will take some time to get everything in the building before it is able to be used.

“So that’s all going to take a little while but fortunately we have everything in a fairly close proximity to the new building,” Mitchell said. “So we’re looking about this time, April time frame of next year, hopefully being up and running.”

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