Springville’s Na­tional Guard Ar­mory is his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By MSG Vance Lind­say

The Springville Na­tional Guard Ar­mory lo­cated at 125 S. 700 East has been a part of the Springville com­mu­nity for many years and yet many peo­ple still don’t know it ex­ists. Many res­i­dents be­lieve it is part of the ju­nior high school that sits next to it. In con­trast to many other ar­mories in the state, the Springville ar­mory is small but boasts a long history.

The Utah Army Na­tional Guard be­gan plan­ning for the Springville Ar­mory in 1948. The ar­mory started ser­vice as a main­te­nance garage in 1956. In the in­terim, the Utah Army Na­tional Guard main­tained of­fices in the Me­mo­rial Hall Build­ing.

The first Utah Na­tional Guard unit to oc­cupy the Springville Ar­mory was the 116th Reg­i­ment of Engi­neers (now rep­re­sented by the 116th Engi­neer Com­pany). Bri­gadier Gen­eral Maxwell E. Rich hoped con­struc­tion of the ar­mory would en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to join the Na­tional Guard. When ded­i­cat­ing the ar­mory, he noted the past ac­com­plish­ments of the Utah Army Na­tional Guard in­clud­ing the cre­ation of miles of new jeep trails for a hugely suc­cess­ful sum­mer en­camp­ment, the stag­ing of an­nual mil­i­tary balls, the elec­tion of a Miss Utah Na­tional Guard, and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a 30-sta­tion ra­dio net­work called MARS for use in the event of mil­i­tary or civil emer­gen­cies.

The Springville Ar­mory re­tains its orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­tural in­tegrity and is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of a 1950s Cold War­era Na­tional Guard Ar­mory build­ing. The Springville Ar­mory build­ing is one of four sim­i­larly de­signed Utah Army Na­tional Guard ar­mories from the early to mid-1950s (the other three are in Provo, Mur­ray and Amer­i­can Fork). The Springville Ar­mory is his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant for its role in the train­ing of Na­tional Guard troops dur­ing the Cold War pe­riod. The ar­mory was re­mod­eled in 2013 to bring it up to date, but not much has changed in the old build­ing over the years, and it re­mains a his­tor­i­cal site to this day.

Cur­rently the Head­quar­ters and Head­quar­ters Com­pany 489th Brigade Sup­port Bat­tal­ion re­sides in the ar­mory. The 489th pro­vides full-spec­trum lo­gis­tics to mil­i­tary units and civil­ian author­i­ties when called upon.

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