Exterior of Guard Readiness Center nearly done


The new National Guard Readiness Center for the Montana Department of Military Affairs - or the new National Guard Armory - won’t be ready for occupancy until mid-December, but much of the exterior work is nearing completion on the North Haynes Avenue site.

The 30,520-square-foot readiness center, which will include vehicle storage, maintenance training, controlled waste storage, site improvements, access roads, parking, fenced storage and loading dock and ramp, is costing $11.6 million.

The new readiness center is part of major improvements being made across the state. Great Falls, Kalispell and Billings have also received new readiness centers.

In addition to upgrading the facilities, the new armories are all designed to be much more energy efficient than older buildings, which will save considerably on the long-run maintenance costs of the building.

The larger size of the building and the property will also allow training for local units to be held in Miles City, rather than having to send unit members away for training.

Major Tim Crowe, Chief of Public Affairs for the Montana Army National Guard, said the new center allows the Guard to be “better able to meet the mission of the state. The new armory is fitted to the mission of the Miles City unit.” 

The building was designed by A & E Architects of Billings and is being constructed by Jackson Contractor Group, Inc. of Missoula.