Kansas opens Heartland Preparedness Center in Wichita

Major General Lee Tafanelli, the Kansas adjutant general, announced the opening on Friday of the Wichita-based Heartland Preparedness Center, a joint-use facility for the Kansas National Guard and local law enforcement.

Tafanelli and Carl Brewer, the mayor of Wichita, spoke during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday. The $24 million center is home to the Kansas National Guard's 287th Sustainment Brigade and a 62,000 square foot field maintenance shop to provide vehicle maintenance support for units in the region.

"In large domestic emergencies, the Kansas National Guard often works in conjunction with local and state law enforcement agencies to protect the health and safety of the public," Tafanelli said. "Working with local organizations, we designed this project with the goal of having a joint-use facility so we can work and train together more closely."

During the ceremony, attendees toured the new facility, viewed a static display of Kansas National Guard equipment and accessed the field maintenance shop complex. Military personnel were also at the event to answer questions.

The Heartland Preparedness Center sits on 45 acres of land and contains 118,516 square feet of usable interior space. The energy-efficient readiness center was designed to be flexible to accommodate emerging and future missions.