Employees in the Alaska National Guard's Property and Fiscal Office currently work out of three buildings but will soon find themselves all under the same roof.

On Thursday, the groundbreaking ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson for a new $24 million, 46,000-square-foot building that's designed to resemble an Alaska lodge brought out many of the people who put time and effort into the project.

The groundbreaking ceremony at JBER on Aug. 15, 2019.

"About 10 years ago, leadership at the time, they sat down and said what do we need to do to make this happen?" Brig. Gen. Torrence Saxe said. "It took five years from that point just to get some funding for design."

According to Saxe, Congressman Don Young was instrumental in helping get the project to the building stage. Young was at the ceremony and was one of many to help break ground.

A groundbreaking ceremony on JBER with Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) in attendance.

"It will consolidate, it will save the taxpayers money, it will make you more efficient," Young said. "The guard has been very important to this great state of ours. For many, many years."

"I've done a little bit of checking and the guard in Alaska has been here about 80 years," Saxe said. "This is the first time in about 70 years, if you can believe that, that all portions of what we call PFO are going to be under the same roof."

Construction is expected to be completed in February 2021. 

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