NC National Guard to rename Belmont Readiness Center for fallen solider

- The North Carolina National Guard plans to rename their Readiness Center this week for fallen solider 1st Lt. Leevi Barnard, who was killed while serving in Iraq. 

Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk will join dignitaries from across North Carolina to dedicate N.C. National Guard’s Belmont Readiness Center as the "1st Lt. Leevi K. Barnard Readiness Center" this Thursday. 

The dedication honors 1st Lt. Leevi Barnard, who was a member of the N.C. Guard’s 1-252nd Combined Arms Battalion. Barnard died from wounds suffered when his unit came under attack near Baghdad, Iraq on May 21, 2009. 

Growing up in Mount Airy, Barnard’s military career started when he was in high school participating in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp. While at UNC-Charlotte he was an active member of Kappa Sigma.

In 2007, Barnard graduated from UNC-Charlotte’s Reserve Officer Training Program as a commissioned officer with a Baccalaureate degree in Political Science.

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