The Washington National Guard on Thursday plans to break ground on a $27 million headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord* for a unit that seeks to tilt the battlefield in its favor by influencing the decisions of enemy leaders.
The new building will house the Army National Guard’s 56th Information Operations Group, which is composed of citizen soldiers trained to help commanders execute goals by shaping the opinions of their opponents and of foreign populations.
Elements of the National Guard’s 96th Troop Command also will have offices in the new building.
"This new readiness center will provide our guardsmen with top of the line facilities, work space and areas to excel in their jobs,” Washington National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty said in a news release.
The National Guard expects the 124,000 square foot structure to open by late 2015. It will contain administrative areas, an assembly hall, arms vault as well as resources for the information operations group.
The Defense Department initially set aside $35 million for the project. It came in under budget and the savings will go back to Pentagon funds.
* A previous version of this story incorrectly said the headquarters would be built at Camp Murray in Lakewood.