New Armory for Winchester

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) - The military head of the Virginia Army National Guard says that Virginia guard members deserve better than the aging and near-obsolete armory buildings around the state.

Major General Claude Williams spoke yesterday at Winchester's armory -- the oldest in Virginia. It opened in 1940. He says the average age of Virginia's armories is at least 50 years.

Congressman Frank Wolf announced that a bill passed by the House
of Representatives would set aside 530-thousand dollars in the next
fiscal year to design a new armory. He says the Senate will also vote on a bill that includes money for the armory.

The cost of a new Winchester armory is estimated at $6.2 million. The state would pay $2.6 million of that and the federal government would pay the rest.

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