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The federal government will spend $1.4 million in Galva to upgrade its National Guard armory.

Built in 1953, it has remained unchanged, even as the military's needs have.

The investment will upgrade the "guts" of the building.

There are 50 national guard armories scattered throughout Illinois.

The majority of them are over 20 years old.

After 60 years in Galva, the facility manager says the armory needs some work.

"When the cav (cavalry) goes out, we provide their support, so there's different units throughout the state that support different units, and we support the cav," says Sgt. 1st Class Mary Groy.

She says the building houses all that's needed to support four different groups of cavalry soldiers. 300 soldiers supported by 90 Galva soldiers operating the maintenance equipment and kitchen supplies.

"Every drill we're doing either maintenance, food service, or transportation for the cav, so we train here on those specific jobs and then we do those specific jobs when we support the cav."

The soldiers maintain their mission readiness by training once a month. At times though, the armory itself, doesn't help.

"The heating and air, we don't have air, so on drill weekends, when it's really hot that would be the main thing," says Groy.

$1.4 million will buy new plumbing, air handling equipment, and boilers.

"In the winter once in a while the heat has gone out, we haven't had it but its been pretty rare."

it will also bring the facility in line with today's modern military.

"There weren't females here in the past, and we only have one female shower, so we're going to expand on that as well," says Groy.

Galva Mayor Rich Nordstrom says the armory is a jewel for the city.

"Not only is the armory a valuable asset to the city, it's a valuable asset to the state, to national defense too, they've been called out once to Iraq, once to Afghanistan in recent years," says Nordstrom.

Mission readiness the armory will continue to provide once its update is complete.

Two Quad City companies earned contracts for the armory renovation.

The project will be managed by the state even though it's federally funded.

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