640th Regional Training Institute

Breaks Grounds for New Facility

 

By Maj. Hank McIntire

Published July 23, 2007

 

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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.

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 trained.”

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 constructed.

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 resources.

Col. Scot Olson, opens the groundbreaking ceremony July 16 for a new 80,00-square foot training facility at Camp Williams.

Photo by Greg Cullis

Col. Scot Olson, center, opens the groundbreaking ceremony

 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 location.

“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.”