The North Dakota Army National Guard is shutting down two of its 23 armories in part because of federal spending cuts. Armories in Hazen and Cavalier will close by December. The Hazen soldiers will now be based in Minot, and the Cavalier soldiers in Grand Forks. Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, the state Guard commander, cited "a future of uncertainties" ranging from a smaller military federal spending cuts to the military drawdown in Afghanistan. Many states are moving toward regionalized armories, with larger and more efficient facilities in key population centers, the Guard said. In North Dakota, nearly three-fourths of Army Guard soldiers live within 10 miles of the state's 10 biggest cities. The Hazen armory, home to Detachment 1 of the 818th Engineer Company, has operated since 1977. The Cavalier armory, home to the 134th Quartermaster Detachment, opened in 1946. "Hazen and Cavalier have supported our service members for many years, both through stateside call-ups and ov!
!erseas deployments," Sprynczynatyk said. "We're grateful for the communities' many years of support and the important role each played in the North Dakota National Guard."