Opening another chapter in the proud tradition of the Oklahoma National Guard “Thunderbirds” 45th Infantry Division, the Clinton Armory’s reuse acknowledgement ceremony was held Tuesday. Among the participants were, from left, Clinton City Councilman Mustafa Sami; Gary Mol, field representative for State Rep. Harold Wright; Clinton Mayor Seth Adams; Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality environmental programs manager Angela Hughes; and retired Col. David Brown with the Oklahoma Military Department.

Armory ceremony cites rich legacy of National Guard 45th Division

   Clinton’s storied National Guard Armory was turned over to the City of Clinton in a ceremony Tuesday morning, and it became an occasion for retired Col. David Brown, executive director of the 45th Infantry Division Museum, 2145 NE 36th St., Oklahoma City, to issue a reminder about the rich 75-year heritage of the facility.

   Also on hand for the ceremony was Amanda Hughes, environmental programs manager with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, who said it cost $150,000 to remediate the environmental hazards in the armory before it could be turned over to the city,

   Hughes presented the reuse acknowledgement document to Clinton Mayor Seth Adams, who was joined in making remarks to formally accept the armory by other city officials.

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