Utah National Guard breaks ground on $37 million headquarters for its elite 19th Special Forces soldiers

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Captain Jonathan Bingham holds his daughter Beatrix, 5, during the departure ceremony for 26 Soldiers of the Utah Army National Guard's 19th Special Forces (Airborne) on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Scott Lundell Readiness Center auditorium at Camp Williams. The mission of these Soldiers is to provide operational support to coalition forces involved in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Afghanistan during a 12-month deployment.

The Utah National Guard on Tuesday broke ground on a massive new headquarters facility at Camp Williams for its elite 19th Special Forces Group.

The 140,000-square-foot Special Forces Readiness Center west of Lehi will hold classrooms, large training and operations spaces and offices, a Utah National Guard news release said.

The $37 million project is slated to be finished by 2019.

Officials said the new training facility has been planned for a decade. The contractor is Jacobsen Construction from Salt Lake City.

The 19th Special Forces Group, an elite division of the Army National Guard, continues to grow and has “become one of the largest major commands in Utah,” officials noted in the groundbreaking announcement.