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Take opportunity to thank veterans

Saturday will mark the official celebration of a new facility dedicated to helping train U.S. Army Reserve members in Denton.

The 957th Quartermaster Company, which has a mission of petroleum operations, is planning a ribbon cutting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the facility 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.

Understandably, Army reserves and veterans are excited about the prospect of the Denton-based training center.

“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 new Denton training center was built by a joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and GGC Enterprises Inc.

We commend those involved for making the new facility possible. It will be a valuable addition and should help members of Denton’s Reserve unit receive the training they need to fulfill the vital jobs our nation relies on them to do.

The ceremony will provide an opportunity to visit the center and tour the facilities to gain a thorough understanding of training to be provided as well as the administrative offices, organizational maintenance shop, storage buildings and more.

But more important, Saturday’s event will also provide an opportunity to say thanks to those who have served. Event organizers are anticipating that a number of soldiers and families will be on hand.

Vendors will have tables set up on site, and the Denton County Veterans Service Office will be there to provide information on service benefits for veterans.

“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.”

We agree, and we encourage veterans to take advantage of this opportunity to meet representatives of the Denton County Veterans Service and learn more about available benefits and how to access them.

We also encourage area residents to show their support for members of the 957th Quartermaster Company, who have contributed so much and for all who have served and made sacrifices for our nation.

Denton County is home to many veterans, and we owe them a great debt. We shouldn’t miss any opportunity to welcome them back home and show our appreciation.