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Community | Kankakee AASF Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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After over seven years of hard work, dedication, and meticulous preparation, Bailey Edward’s efforts at the Kankakee Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony, Saturday November 4th, just in time for Veteran’s Day.

Hosted in the main hangar, the Black Hawk Helicopters in their new residence sat as a backdrop, while speeches from Major General Mayes, Lt Governor Sanguinetti, State Representative Parkhurst and U.S. Senator Duckworth spoke about their passion for this facility. Duckworth, a retired U.S. and Iraq War veteran, served as a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois National Guard. She previously served with the Illinois Army National Guard Company B 106th Aviation, as Lieutenant Colonel which was housed at the Midway facility that the Kankakee AASF will be replacing.

“I am so proud to have been part of this unit. There is no greater privilege nor heavier burden. Our brave pilots, crew members and maintainers deserve the best equipment in the world, and with this new facility, they are better positioned to preserve the peace abroad and respond here at home when called upon.” – Tammy Duckworth

The project began in 2010 and the building broke ground in October of 2014. Now encompassing over 185,200 SF, the Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility will support the needs of over 200 service men and women.

“It was a proud moment for Bailey Edward, our consultants and all of our dedicated staff. We feel privileged to create a facility that supports the military in their tremendous service to the American people.” – Ellen Bailey Dickson, lead designer and managing principal at Bailey Edward.

A special thank you to the entire team:
Coover-Clark & Associates
Rubinos and Mesia
JH2B Architects

A very special thank you to the Bailey Edward team:
Ellen Bailey Dickson
Robin Whitehurst
Kevin Schnebly
James Auler
Chris Hainer
Ken Nelson
Laurie Goscha
Lindy Collett