MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- It's been 20 years since a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) unit has been stationed in Millington, Tenn.
As part of the Base Realignment and Closure of 1993, the USMC units that were attached to Naval Air Station Memphis were relocated or disestablished by Sept. 30, 1995.
On Oct. 9, 2015, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South welcomed the Marines back to Millington during a ribbon cutting at the new Marine Corps Reserve Training Center with the 3rd Bridge Company, 6th Engineer Support Battalion and the 4th Marine Logistic Group.
"It's great to have the Marines onboard NSA Mid-South," said Capt. David J. Bryson, commanding officer NSA Mid-South. "The Marine Corps has always been an integral part of the Department of the Navy, so it's a natural fit to have them here."
During the ribbon cutting, Marine Col. Darren Richardson remarked on the quality of the facility and how it had already been well-received by staff and reservists alike.
"Just building the structure wouldn't be enough," said Richardson. "The important thing is the Marines and Sailors want to drill here. They want to be HERE."
The reserve training center and its units had previously been located on Jackson Ave. in Memphis, far away from the support and security of a military installation.
Sgt. Chris Seematter, instructor on staff, said that while he had only reported to the command a month before they moved, the improvements were valued.
"It's definitely an improvement from being out in town," Seematter said. "There is more security and a lot more amenities. Things like the ID card lab and clinic: it's all right here."
Capt. Caleb Miller, inspector-instructor for the reserve center, and Capt. William Kennedy, company commander for the bridge company, had the honor of cutting the ribbon before welcoming guests at the ceremony to tour the state of the art facilities.
The reserve training center is approximately 23,000 square feet of new construction across multiple structures, with additional new construction planned.
"The talents and capabilities of the unit make the installation stronger," said Bryson. "We are so happy to be able to extend our legacy of support to our brothers in arms."
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