Missouri National Guard Undergoing Massive Restructuring

APRIL 26, 2005 - Posted at 8:06 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The first big restructuring since World War II means major changes for the Missouri Army National Guard.

Adjutant General King Sidwell says the reorganization follows the Pentagon's plans to remake the National Guard for modern warfare.

Missouri has more than 50 Guard armories.  Changes in duties and specialties will begin this summer and continue well into next year.

Sidwell says Missouri will put more guard members into military police positions and fewer in field artillery and engineering.

No armories will close under the plan, but the number of soldiers reporting to each armory will change, with some sites becoming responsible for more soldiers and others fewer.

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