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HERMISTON — The Oregon Military Department’s Camp Umatilla at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot west of Hermiston is enjoying a building boom.

Remodeling and renovation of existing facilities are underway, as well as new construction to house and feed infantry trainees.

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Maj. Tim Merritt, left, and Lt. Col. Alan Gronewold, right, on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Camp Umatilla, explain the training center at the military facility near Hermiston.


Todd Farmer, installations manager for the Oregon Military Department, talks Wednesday, July 27, 2022, about the future interchange at Camp Umatilla near Hermiston.


An infantry squad trains Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in a tactical formation at Camp Umatilla near Hermiston. The military facility serves as an Army National Guard Regional Training Institute and soon will house a backup operations center for the Army Corps of Engineers.


Barracks for infantry trainees is under construction Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Camp Umatilla near Hermiston.


Retired Maj. Gen. Fred Rees of Helix tours Camp Umatilla near Hermiston on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. The Oregon Military Department is renaming the military facility as the Raymond F. Rees Training Center in honor of Rees.

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