Green River to Apply for Wyoming National Guard to Complete More Work at Spaceport

Green River to Apply for Wyoming National Guard to Complete More Work at Spaceport

Mayor Pete Rust speaks with Wyoming National Guard troops as they complete runway projects at the Green River Intergalactic Spaceport last week. Photo by Steve Core, City of Green River Communications Administrator

GREEN RIVER — Last summer the Wyoming National Guard completed some training projects at the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport and the Green River City Council unanimously approved for the City to submit another application to have the National Guard come back this summer.

“We enjoyed a very productive and positive project with the Wyoming National Guard last summer up at the airport,” Mark Westenskow, Green River Public Works Director said.

He said the project was mutually beneficial to the National Guard and the city, and he would not have an issue with applying for them to do a project in Green River every summer. Additionally, Westenskow said the National Guard expressed interest in coming back to Green River.

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The program that allows the National Guard to do these types of projects in Wyoming communities is called the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Civilian-Military Partnership program. If they accept the application and come back, the National Guard will be working on Phase II of the Green River Airport Runway Grading project.

The National Guard provides the personnel and equipment for the training exercises, but not materials. The city will be responsible for design and typical construction phase services, such as surveying and materials testing.