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      New Neb. Guard Building Opens in Lincoln

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      Gov. Dave Heineman

      Tuesday Nebraska political and military leaders joined together in cutting the ribbon to the newly constructed Nebraska National Guard Joint Force Headquarters building.

      "Our state prides itself on its ability to strategically plan for a wide array of potential emergencies and then effectively manage the consequences of such an emergency when it does occur," said Gov. Heineman. "This facility will allow closer coordination of services to provide immediate and faster response times. The Joint Force Headquarters will provide the resources to fully support the statewide collaboration that is the essential element in our success as a state."

      The new Nebraska National Guard Joint Force Headquarters is a 140,000 square foot facility that brings together elements of the Nebraska Army and Air National Guard, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and a dispatch center from the Nebraska State Patrol.

      The headquarters, which replaces several 1960s-era buildings, will also house the state emergency operations center and the Nebraska National Guard's joint operations center.

      More than 350 employees will be based out of the new Joint Force Headquarters, which began construction in February 2010.

      Sen. Ben Nelson said, "I'm certainly proud to have been a part ofthe effort to make sure our state can better handle the challenges that comewith disasters. This Joint Forces Headquarters will provide a quicker, morethorough and better-coordinated local, state and federal response to anyman-made or natural disaster."

      Gov. Heineman and Sen. Nelson were joined by U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, Nebraska State Senator Bill Avery, and Maj. Gen. Judd Lyons, Nebraska Adjutant General.

      Courtesy- Gov. Heineman

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