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North Dakota National Guard to close two armories

FARGO (KFGO-AM) -- Two North Dakota Army National Guard armories are being closed. The Cavalier and Hazen facilities will be shut down by December.

Maj. Gen. Dave Sprynczynatyk says it wasn't a quick or easy decision, but it will enhance the guard's ability to maintain soldier and unit readiness and will also increase the guard's ability to respond to natural disasters.

Many states are moving toward regionalization.

Sprynczynatyk says the closures will reduce state costs required for updating outdated facilities while giving the guard the potentional to bring in federal funding for new construction in bigger cities where the majority of soldiers live.