The US Army has officially broken ground on a $32m Army Aviation Training Support Facility at the Fort Rucker installation.
Located behind the US Army Aviation Museum in Fort Rucker, the new training support facility will be used by Army Aviation Soldiers.
The facility will house Army Aviation artefacts such as aircraft, weapons, equipment and uniforms.
Historical items will be made available to soldiers for study and research purposes.
In addition, the US Army Aviation Training Support Facility will have a classroom and reference library.
US Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker deputy to the commanding general William Kidd said: “Today is a great step forward in our continuing efforts to try to provide the best for the best in the army.
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“Like every great effort in the army, it’s a team effort, and we have a great partnership here with the Center for Military History, the Army Corps of Engineers and our US Army garrison here at Fort Rucker as we go forward to provide world-class facilities for world-class Army Aviators.”
The facility will allow aviators to learn from history and apply the knowledge to future operations.
US Army Aviation Museum director Robert Mitchell said: “It will result in better-educated soldiers, and it will also benefit the community through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programmes.
“In this facility, we’ll have models of helicopters cut away for instruction to soldiers and to youth groups on how helicopters work and basic aerodynamics.”
The construction of the facility is expected to take around two years.