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Ceremony to Mark Partnership between LA National Guard, LSUA

Released: 09/28/2007

The Louisiana National Guard and LSU Alexandria will mark the start of their partnership with a brief ceremony on Monday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m.

The Louisiana National Guard, under the leadership of Major General Bennett Landreneau, has agreed to assist the LSUA students with their student-funded baseball/softball complex, the future home of the Generals. The Guard will move approximately 100,000 cubic yards of dirt for the ground elevation required before construction can begin.

More than 40 soldiers will participate in this groundwork, which is a common MOS-related training operation for military engineers.

“This is an outstanding training opportunity for our soldiers,” Landreneau said. “This Innovative Readiness Training project offers realistic training for our soldiers and at the same time benefits the taxpayers. As soon as our soldiers heard about this project, we were flooded with volunteers.”

Dr. H. Rouse Caffey, interim chancellor at LSUA, echoed Landreneau excitement about the project.

“LSU Alexandria and the Louisiana National Guard will mutually benefit from this partnership for a period much longer than the 35 to 40 day project time,” Caffey said. “Without the guard’s generous assistance, this project would not occur. This is a significant event for the University.”

The ceremony is open to the public.

For more information, contact Nancy Borden, LSUA director of media relations, at 427-4407 or Captain Taysha Deaton, deputy state public affairs officer, at 337-593-2092.