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Three South Dakota Army National Guard units will hold closing ceremonies Sept. 8. The three units, Winner, Platte and Salem, are among six units that are closing as part of a previously announced Guard consolidation. Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, commander of the state National Guard, and other senior leaders will attend all three ceremonies, according to Guard spokesman Maj. Anthony Deiss. The first ceremony is set for 8 a.m. in Winner. The second is set for 11 a.m. in Platte, and the final one will be at 2 p.m. in Salem.

After each ceremony, open houses will be held at all three armories, Deiss said.

Units in Platte, Salem, Winner, Miller, Redfield and Webster will train at other locations after relocations take place. As part of the consolidation, the state Army National Guard will reduce its current force of 3,300 soldiers by 258 part-time and 19 fulltime positions by Sept. 30.

Units from Platte and Winner are scheduled to relocate to Wagner and Rapid City by October. The Salem unit is scheduled to relocate to Yankton by November.

The Redfield, Webster and Miller units will relocate to the new Watertown Readiness Center when its construction is completed in 2013. Closing ceremonies for those three units will be held in 2013, Deiss said.