A company with the Texas Army National Guard has moved into the National Guard Armory located on U.S. 730 near Decatur Municipal Airport.
The 231st Engineering Support Company of Texas Army National Guard, commanded by Capt. Amber Meyers, moved in this past fall. No company has been housed in the armory for several years, although the guard has maintained a recruiting office at the location.
The 231st Engineering Support Company is under the orders of the 111th Engineering Battalion at Camp Bowie, under the command of Lt. Col. Paul Cerniauskus.
He said the 231st is a construction unit.
“They are a horizontal company,” Cerniauskus said. “They build roads, airfield repair and other light contract work.”
The 231st was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and is scheduled to return in 2014.
A welcome ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the armory. Dignitaries with the Texas Army National Guard will be on hand along with representatives from the city of Decatur and Wise County Veterans Group.
“We’re very pleased to be at this location,” Cerniauskus said. “The community has been wonderful and made us feel welcome.”
The 111th Engineering Battalion has companies housed in Lewisville, Stephenville, Weatherford, Denton, Abilene, San Angelo, Brownwood and now, Decatur.
The 231st Engineering Company was originally in Wylie and temporarily relocated to Denton before landing in Decatur.
“It’s always been our intention to keep the armory occupied,” Cerniauskus said. “The Texas National Guard is going through a period of restructuring. We are changing from armor heavy to lighter.”
He added that there is opportunity for the 231st to contribute locally. The engineering company in Brownwood helped the city perform some site preparation for a new sports complex.
“But we only want to help if the conditions are right,” Cerniauskus said. “We would never want to take away work from a local contractor.”
Near the end of 2013, the company will mobilize for a much bigger mission as they prepare for their 2014 redeployment to Afghanistan.