The Kansas National Guard armories in Garden City and Kingman will be closed
in the next few days. The ceremony closing the Garden City armory, 405 S.
Main, will be Friday, Feb. 19, beginning at 4 p.m. The Kingman armory closing
ceremony will be Sunday, Feb. 21, beginning at 1 p.m. at the armory, 111 S.
The closings were announced Dec. 11, 2009, as part of a budget reduction
measure precipitated by state budget shortfalls. Eighteen armories across the
state will be closed over the next few months.
Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general, will attend the ceremony in
Garden City. Brig. Gen. John Davoren, assistant adjutant general - Army and
commander of the Kansas National Guard - Land Component, will attend the
Kingman ceremony. Local city and county officials have been invited to both
events and the public is cordially invited, as well.
"It is always a solemn occasion when we move out of a community and no longer
have a physical presence there," said Bunting. "However, we want to assure
the community that the Kansas National Guard will always be there whenever
Detachment 1, Battery A (-), 1st Battalion, 161st Artillery, which currently
drills at the Garden City armory, will be transferred to the Dodge City
armory. Battery C (-), 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kingman, will be
transferred to the Hutchinson armory.
The armories in Kingman and Garden City are among two of the oldest in the
state. The Kingman armory was constructed in 1939 and the Garden City armory
was built in 1958.