Photo by Greg Cullis
Dignitaries turn ceremonial first
shovelfuls of dirt at the TASS building
groundbreaking July 16. Left to right are Maj. Gen.
Brian Tarbet, adjutant general; Col. Ed
Willis, 640th RTI; Greg Buxton, State of Utah; Ron
Jones, WPA; Jeremy Evans, Okland Construction; and
Col. Scot Olson, CFMO.
CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah —
The Utah National Guard broke ground for a new training
facility at Camp Williams July 16.
The new building will house the
Total Army School System headquarters for the 640th
Regional Training Institute.
“This is an important day
for the Utah National Guard,” said Col. Scot Olson, director
of the Utah National Guard’s Construction and Facilities
Maintenance Office, to kick off the ceremony. “It takes this
kind of staff to bring a MILCON (military construction)
project to this point.”
Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, adjutant
general of the Utah National Guard, also gave some brief
remarks for the occasion.
“The RTI is a remarkable
outfit; they train Soldiers from across the country,” said
Tarbet, adding with his characteristic get-it-done
attitude,” Let’s get this thing built and get Soldiers
Representatives from the Utah
National Guard, the State of Utah, WPA Architects and
contractor Okland Construction then used traditional golden
shovels to turn dirt in the home-plate area of the Camp
Williams softball diamond, where the new building will be
The TASS is a composite
school system comprised of the Active Army, Army National
Guard and Army Reserve institutional training systems.
Through the Army's training proponents, TASS provides
standard training courses to America's Army, focusing on
three main points of effort: standards, efficiencies, and
Photo by Greg Cullis
Col. Scot Olson, center, opens the
July 16 for a new 80,00-square
foot training facility at Camp Williams.
The new 80,000-square
foot facility, with additional buildings planned for the
future, will be built at a cost of $14 million by Okland
Construction and consolidate the 640th in one
“We’ve been crowded for
space in temporary facilities for a long time,” said 640th
commander Col. Ed Willis. “In the past we’ve had to adjust
the mission to the facilities, but this new building is
expressly designed to house the RTI and will permanently
change the profile of Camp Williams.”
“This new construction
will better facilitate the training of more than 5,000
Soldiers from the Western region who train here each year,”
added Lt. Col. William Kelly, deputy commander of the 640th.
“Increasing the size and number of classrooms, adding battle
laboratories and state-of-the-art computer technology will
make us a center of excellence.”