Denton’s own 957th Quartermaster Company will have a ribbon-cutting at its new training facility Saturday.
The ceremony will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the building at 3250 Jim Christal Road.
Army reserves will train at the facility before being deployed and once they return home and transfer back to civilian life.
The mission of the company is petroleum operations.
“The new facility will have the real estate for us to have our own equipment and be able to conduct hands-on training with our new petroleum systems we have,” said Capt. Norma Cabanas, company commander. “Right now we are in a very small building and it’s very hard to conduct training there.”
The 957th currently shares space at the Armed Forces Reserve Complex in Grand Prairie.
The ceremony will also include guided tours of the facility, which will include the new administrative and training center, an organizational maintenance shop, storage buildings and support facilities. It was built as part of a joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and GGC Enterprises Inc.
Event organizers are anticipating a number of soldiers and families to be on hand. Vendors will have tables set up on site, and the Denton County Veteran’s Service office will be there to provide info on veterans service benefits.
“I think it’s fantastic. It is something that Denton County can definitely appreciate,” Paul Bastaich, the county’s veterans service officer, said of the facility. “Having the presence of an active military, even a Reserve unit, will bring more attention to our goals of providing help to veterans.”
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