Hoeven Breaks Ground on Dickinson Readiness Center, Working to Support NDNG Missions Across ND

DICKINSON, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on the new North Dakota Army National Guard Readiness Center in Dickinson. The more than 40,000 sq. ft. facility will provide the space and infrastructure needed to support the training and operations of the 816th Military Police (MP) Company, a unit of more than 80 soldiers, 40 vehicles and related equipment. Construction is expected to be completed by June 2025 and will cost a total of $27 million, with a federal cost share of nearly $21 million. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven:

  • Secured $15.5 million of the federal cost share in annual funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2022.
  • Worked to secure an additional $5.4 million for construction in the FY2024 military construction appropriations bill, which was recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“This new facility will be a much-needed upgrade for the 816th Military Police, supporting our tremendous Guard members and complementing the readiness center we worked to bring to Fargo,” said Hoeven. “Between the $15.5 million we’ve already secured for construction and the additional $5.4 million we plan to appropriate this year, this new readiness center is on track to be completed in 2025. Time and again, North Dakota’s Guard members have served our state and nation with distinction, and through efforts like this, we’re working to ensure they continue having a track record of success in the wide array of missions they take on.”

The new facility comes as part of Hoeven’s broader efforts to support the missions of the North Dakota National Guard and ensure they have the equipment, training and facilities needed to defend the state and nation, both at home and abroad. To this end, Hoeven is also working to:

  • Advance efforts to upgrade the MQ-9 Reaper in Fargo and to bring the MQ-1C Gray Eagle to the Army National Guard.
  • Provide $1.9 million for housing at Camp Grafton.
  • Make the Air Guard federal tuition assistance (FTA) program permanent.