The opening on Friday of the National Guard's Consequence Management Support Center at Bluegrass Station in rural Fayette County saved 2,800 jobs, according to officials.
The new facility will support the National Guard Bureau's Homeland Defense Mission by providing around the clock logistical support to 111 specialized National Guard Homeland Defense Units around the United States.
Bluegrass Station is a former Army installation that is now an industrial park for military contractors, including Lockheed Martin Corp.
Adjutant General Edward Tonini praised U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky for helping to negotiate with several federal agencies to allow the repurposing of portions of Bluegrass Station.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was recognized for his efforts in working with the state legislature to make sure the new facility could open.