Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (center, with sissors) cuts the ribbon for the Georgia National Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters Dec. 7.
State and local dignitaries gathered recently at the former Naval Air Station Atlanta for the ribbon cutting of the Georgia National Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters.
The facility’s name is now the Gen. Lucius Clay National Guard Center in honor of the World War II hero and coordinator of the Berlin Airlift. Clay was a Cobb County native. The three-story headquarters building is more than 220,500 square feet and will provide work space for up to 700 personnel.
It was estimated that more than 1,500 Georgia Guard soldiers and airmen will eventually perform training on the property. The facility is a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Interior offices capture light from windows to improve work environment and energy efficiency, while all office lighting is time switch controlled to minimize utility costs.
The recent event also commemorated the National Guard’s 375th anniversary. The crowd of military and civilan personnel who filled the audience hall numbered in the hundreds.