A lease agreement between the City of West Plains and the Missouri National Guard was formally signed Thursday morning during a press conference at the West Plains Regional Airport, ensuring the continuation of a relationship with the Guard, the City of West Plains, and Howell County that has existed for 66 years. Per the agreement, which runs until 2051, the National Guard will lease the parking lots located on the north and east sides of the existing Armory facility at 1315 Webster Street. Present to sign the agreement was Brig. Gen. David Boyle, West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann, and Howell County Commissioner Billy Sexton. Boyle also announced that thanks to the agreement, the Guard is expected to add a larger engineer unit (112 soldiers) in place of the smaller 1138th Military Police Company (50). General Boyle talked about the economic impact
The Guard has owned and operated the existing Armory facility in West Plains since 1940. The City has leased the parking lots surrounding the Armory from the County since 1952, with those lots now being subleased to the Guard.
(Video Of General Boyle Arriving At Airport)