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Press Release
may 23, 2011
Oregon Military Department announces life extension project for Milton-Freewater Armory
The Oregon Military Department has announced the execution for the last project in the Armory Service Life Extension Program.
The Milton-Freewater Armory is scheduled for renovation to help bring longevity and energy efficiency improvement upgrades to the facility.
The estimated cost of the project is approximately $2.3 million.
These repairs and energy efficiency improvements will reduce future operating costs and provide a return for the initial investment of installing new lighting, windows and solar panels.
"Renovations like these ensure our facilities can be sustained well into the future," said Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department.
The Armory Service Life Extension Program was initiated by the Legislature at the request of the Military Department in an effort to modernize the aging Armory inventory in Oregon. 
The funding was approved as part of former Governor Ted Kulongoski's final two-year Budget which ends on June 30, 2011. 
To date, the four Armories that have been renovated are St. Helens, Hood River, Newport and Gresham with the final project being Milton-Freewater.
"We are fortunate that during these difficult economic times we were able to make these improvements to our aging infrastructure.  By using federal stimulus funds allocated to the Department by the National Guard Bureau, we were able to extend this first of a kind program further than we originally intended.  It will make a big difference to our Soldiers their families and our local communities," said Caldwell.
Scheduled upgrades include installing efficient heating and cooling systems, and utility system upgrades to meet capacity needs and current code.
Additional improvements include painting, interior and exterior repairs, along with the energy efficient windows, doors and kitchen appliances.
Contact Info: Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Officer