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Posted 12/5/2012

Release no. NR13-008


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Ed Rivera
682-551-1517

Fort Worth, Texas – A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the first new facilities for Air Force Basic Training in 36 years is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7.

 The event will dedicate the first buildings in the new Airmen Training Complex.

 Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the first ATC will be officially named the Etchberger Training Complex in honor of Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger who was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross in 1968. Etchberger’s decoration was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 2010.

 The squadron to inhabit the first of eight new dormitories is the 323rd Training Squadron. Known as the Mustangs, they draw their lineage and namesake from the original Tuskegee Airmen who served with valor from 1941 – 1946. 

 The 272,000 square-foot, four-story dormitory can house approximately 1,200 recruits and provides administrative offices, day rooms and a dining and classroom facility.

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------MEDIA ADVISORY------

Media wishing to cover the ribbon cutting ceremony must RSVP to Public Affairs by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the event to guarantee adequate viewing space. Those attending must also report to the Main Visitor Center at Luke Blvd and W. Military no later than 9:30 a.m., December 7th. Media are also invited to tour the facility following the ribbon cutting and may film during the tour.  

About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Worth-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308

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