FORSCOM, USARC Forward Team Celebrates 236th Army Birthday
June 14, 2011
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Senior Leaders, Soldiers, Army civiians and key players in the construction of the new U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)/U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) Combined Headquarters Construction Project came together in the new facility to celebrate the 236th Birthday of the U.S. Army, and the near-completion of the project - which is set for June 21, 2011.
Ronna Garrett, officer-in-charge, FORSCOM (Forward), hosted the ceremony, which was attended by representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USARC and the prime contractor for construction of the new headquarters - Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
"Today, we have gathered in this magnificent new headquarters building to celebrate our
Army's 236th birthday and thank Hensel-Phelps (Construction) and the Army Corps of
Engineers for their hard work and dedication to providing Soldiers, Army
Civilian and contractors a world-class home," Garrett said. "It is fitting that today, we celebrate two momentous occasions--the Army's 236th birthday and the substantial completion of this 631,000 square foot facility."
After a group rendition of the traditional "Happy Birthday to You" in this case, sung to "America's Army," Garrett invited the oldest Soldier present, Sgt. Maj. Jerry Edwards, of FORSCOM G3 (Forward), and the youngest Soldier present, Spec. Josiah Simpson, of the Army Ground Forces Band to join here in cutting the Army birthday cake with a traditional saber.
FORSCOM and USARC now have more than 1,000 Soldiers and Army civilians working here, with the intitial move in of selected staff members to the new building set for July 5. By the end of the summer, nearly 3,000 members of the two commands will have moved here, and the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation-directed relocation of the two command headquarters from Fort McPherson, Ga., will be complete.