G.I. To Proclaim 'Go Guard Week' in Honor of Aviation Facility


Grand Island -- At the regularly scheduled city council meeting on Tuesday Mayor Jay Vavricek will recognize the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Grand Island National Guard Aviation Facility with a proclamation.

The proclamation will be presented to Major Dustin Wilke and Vavricek will name the week of March 18-24, as "Go Guard Week" in the city of Grand Island.

Vavricek will also acknowledge Travis Karr and Central Community College's Veterans achievement of being ranked number two in the nation for veteran service and a Top 15 percent military friendly school.

The mayor stated, "It was a proud day for our community, March 7, 2003, it's an even a prouder one today. This effort just shows what our community can accomplish when everyone works together and where veteran service and sacrifice is always appreciated."

The proclamation will look back to Dec. 10, 2002, when a request of Grand Island was made to submit a proposal for the community to be the home of a new National Guard aviation facility.

On Feb. 14, 2003, a presentation by community leaders was made to Colonels Schurrman and Peterson. Grand Island officially received notice of the facility calling Grand Island home on March 7, 2003.

The facility was first used to Apache helicopters in support of the 3rd Armory Division at Fort Hood, Texas and now houses OH-58, Black Hawk, and Chinook aircraft.

The aviation facility is soon to be joined by the National Guard Readiness Center.