March 17, 2023

Capping a $62 million rebuild, Nebraska National Guard’s Camp Ashland reopens — on stilts

Omaha World-Herald

The Nebraska National Guard’s Camp Ashland training site has risen out of the mud, again.

On stilts.

Guard leaders — with help from Gov. Jim Pillen and Sens. Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts, along with other dignitaries — snipped a ribbon Friday, signifying the end of the $62 million reconstruction project that followed the destruction of the 1,184-acre military facility in the March 2019 flooding.

“This facility is about resilience,” Ricketts told a crowd gathered in a new building with an expansive view of the Platte River, just a few feet away. “This ribbon-cutting today represents that grit, that resilience that Nebraskans have, to build back better.”

The reconstruction marks a nearly complete makeover for a training camp the National Guard has used for more than 100 years. Pillen predicted that Camp Ashland, and these buildings, would last for another 100 years.

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