MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After years of funding shortfalls for the Alabama National Guard, the State of Alabama, and the Federal government are closing and consolidating several National Guard Armories across the state.
According to a release, the Alabama National Guard has received over $126 million dollars for the MCA Federal share obligation of which only $16 million was provided by the State budge to match these federal funds. The lack of state matching funds resulted in investment of Federal match funds to be allocated to lower priority and fully federal funded facilities rather than armories.
The Alabama National Guard facilities Master Plan includes closing and consolidation of 15 armories between fiscal years 2014 to 2017.
The first two of 15 armories that have closed to date are in Albertville and Monroeville. The 13 remaining armories are located in the following cities: Sheffield, Scottsboro, Vernon, Jasper, Aliceville, Sylacauga, Camden, Fort Deposit, Jackson, Brantley, Elba, Geneva and Hartford. The six additional armories that will close are: Huntsville, Winfield, Alexander City, Demopolis, Marion, and Eufaula.
Closure of the armories will take 24 months to complete.