Army Reserve opens new maintenance facility at Yakima Training Center
Yakima Herald-Republic May 21, 2023
(Tribune News Service) — A ceremony Friday at the Yakima Training Center celebrated the opening of a new facility for the Army Reserve 88th Readiness Division.
Equipment Concentration Site 10 will serve as a tactical equipment maintenance garage where 36 members of the Army Reserve and contractors will repair and service military equipment.
Maj. Gen. Matthew Baker, commanding general for the 88th Readiness Division, said the opening of ECS-10 marked an expansion years in the making for the Army Reserve after Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma joined to become Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
“Right around 2008 when the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) was happening, we started running out of room in the Pacific Northwest,” Baker said. “Where could we establish and have a place to grow and have a future? Yakima was on the radar. It’s a great location and a great city.”
Army Reserve members will use the facilities to work mostly on light trucks, bridge boats and tactical vehicles.
The new facility has twice the capacity as the Army Reserve’s old facility at JBLM.
Baker said the ECS-10 will support exercises at the training center since the equipment will be stored and maintained there rather than shipped back and forth between the YTC and JBLM.
“Since the equipment is here they don’t have to transport the equipment all the way from JBLM,” Baker said. “They can fall in on their equipment, they can go out and do realistic training, train hard all weekend and then come back, put the equipment in and they can go back home.”
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