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Deployment gets comfortable at March Air Reserve Base’s new terminal

It didn’t take long for Brig. Gen. Russell Muncy to find new customers for the passenger terminal that just opened at March Air Reserve Base.

“We’ve been talking with Fort Irwin about using March as their deployment location for their training center,” Muncy said of the Army base north of Barstow. “We just got word today that they’re going to do that.”

Muncy was speaking on Friday, June 2, just prior to dedicating the new $20 million deployment center, featuring a cavernous central waiting area that can stage 900 personnel at one time. The ceremony drew about 200 guests, including local dignitaries and military personnel.

In his remarks before a ribbon-cutting, Muncy said Fort Irwin’s commitment to use the center for six to eight training exercises — each involving thousands of troops — each year, raises the profile of the base.

“It ensures we remain relevant on the national stage,” he said. “We have been trying to make sure this base remains relevant.”

Muncy, who will step down as base commander next month, after a 3½-year stint, said the center, along with a planned cargo processing center and recent additions to the base — the relocation of MQ-9 Reapers, belonging to the California Air National Guard, and a planned Navy facility — will make the base less vulnerable to any future cuts by the military. March was downsized as part of a base realignment and closure, or BRAC, in 1993.

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