"The Guard members that live around here now have to drive almost 200 miles for training," she said. "And as far as getting help from the Guard, which used to be right out the back door, now they're a long way away."
Not all states are closing armories. The Nevada National Guard has no plans to close armories and is in a growth mode, said spokesman Sgt. 1st Class Eric Studenicka. California National Guard spokesman Sgt. Jon Guibord said no closures have been considered.
Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, adjutant general of the Kansas National Guard, said the closing of 18 armories in the state this year came after an extensive review. "We would much prefer building armories to closing them, but it's a sign of the times," Bunting explained. "These were hard decisions."
Evans reports for The Indianapolis Star. Contributing: Matthew Daneman, Rochester (N.Y.)Democrat and Chronicle; Jeff Delong, Reno Gazette-Journal; Katharine Lackey, The (Staunton, Va.) News Leader; Sherry Shepard, The (Shreveport, La.) Times; Keith Matheny, The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun; Jeff Martin, Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.); Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.)