Upstate Aviation Facility Dedication
The South Carolina National Guard dedicated a new $30 million facility in the Upstate Wednesday.
The Army Aviation Support Facility will support training and maintenance for the guard, specifically for new Chinook and Lakota helicopters. The 34-acre facility will also act as an aviation readiness and disaster response center in case the National Guard needs to be used for any natural or man-made disasters.
Politicians and guardsmen said the new facility is a big asset for the whole Upstate...not just the military.
"We've got an opportunity to really on the aviation side, do what we did when BMW came on the car side. So we're trying to create the infrastructure to get more aviation companies to come, commercial aviation, to grow our footprint around Boeing," said Sen. Lindsey Graham.
The Boeing facility in North Charleston has brought national attention to South Carolina's manufacturing capabilities, and officials are hoping the industry will expand.
"We want to leverage those assets and become a training and maintenance leader, if not THE leader in the country," said Rep. Trey Gowdy, who represents the district where the facility is located.