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119th Wing constructing new entrance

Kieth Anderson of T.F. Powers Construction works at removing flag poles at the current main entrance to the North Dakota Air National Guard.  The flag poles will be moved and placed at the new entrance located north of the base on 32nd Avenue north.

Kieth Anderson of T.F. Powers Construction works at removing flag poles at the current main entrance to the North Dakota Air National Guard. The flag poles will be moved and placed at the new entrance located north of the base on 32nd Avenue north.

Construction at the new entrance to the North Dakota Air National Guard, which is being built on the north side of the base off of 32nd Avenue North in Fargo.  The new entrance will have a designated shelter area to inspect vehicles entering the base.

Construction at the new entrance to the North Dakota Air National Guard, which is being built on the north side of the base off of 32nd Avenue North in Fargo. The new entrance will have a designated shelter area to inspect vehicles entering the base.

Fargo, N.D. -- Happy Hooligans of the 119th Wing will soon have a new and improved main entrance at the North Dakota Air National Guard base in Fargo.

The 119th Wing is in the process of moving the main entrance that is currently located on University Drive north to its new location off of 32nd Avenue north, located on the north side of the base.

"The new entrance will have vast improvements," said Maj. John Gibbs of the 119th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron.

There will be a designated shelter area to inspect vehicles, mechanical vehicle barriers and a longer queuing area for traffic entering the base that will create less back up on University Drive, said Gibbs.

"The location and vehicle shelter at the new entrance will give security forces personnel adequate room to respond if a suspicious item is found when inspecting vehicles," said Chief Master Sgt. James Gibson of the 119th Wing Security Forces Squadron.

Construction on the new entrance began in May 2008 and has an estimated completion date of November 21.

TF Powers Construction Company and Smithco Incorporated were contracted to construct the new entrance.

For more information about this press release, please contact Capt. Penny Ripperger, 119th Wing Public Affairs Officer, at 701-451-2194.
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