MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama National Guard has taken the Alexander City armory off a list of sites to be shuttered, Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn) announced.
“This is fantastic news for Alexander City and the surrounding area,” Whatley said. “The armory has been in Alexander City since 1954 and is a central part of Tallapoosa County’s identity and economic lifeblood.”
In 2015, the Alabama National Guard announced that nineteen National Guard armories around the state would close because of budget cuts. As part of its “Twenty-Five Year Master Plan,” the National Guard said it would close or consolidate fifteen armories by 2017, including the armory in Alexander City.
“It was very frustrating when the Guard announced it was closing the armory,” Rep. Mark Tuggle (R-Alexander City) remarked. “But Sen. Whatley, Sen. Clyde Chambliss, and myself met repeatedly with the Adjutant General, his staff, and Governor Bentley – and thankfully, we were able to save the armory from closure.”
The Alabama National Guard’s 214th Military Police Company is stationed at the Mac W. Speaks Armory in Alexander City and has a $1 million annual economic impact on the surrounding area.
Senator Tom Whatley represents District 27 in the Alabama Senate, which includes all or parts of Tallapoosa, Lee, and Russell counties. Senator Whatley has served for over twenty-five years in the Alabama Army National Guard and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Follow him on Twitter for the latest legislative updates @SenTomWhatley