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The first ceremonial shovels of dirt were turned April 4 at the site of the new USTRANSCOM Consolidated Facility, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. From left to right: James Manzelmann, DIA Mission Services deputy director; Trish Young, SDDC deputy to the commander; Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, USTRANSCOM commander; Col. Raymond G. Midkiff, US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District commander; and Bernard J. Koch, River City Construction LLC president.

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - An official groundbreaking was held April 4 for the building that will house the U.S. Transportation Command Operations Center and serve as headquarters for its Army component command, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The 180,000 square foot consolidated building is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2010 and is located directly behind TRANSCOM's current headquarters building. SDDC will occupy the building's third floor.

SDDC is currently housed in a temporary building at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., since relocating its headquarters from Alexandria, Va. SDDC began relocating last August in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's recommendations. The phased relocation of the SDDC Operations Center will be complete once construction is finished.

Representing the SDDC command group at the ceremony was Patricia M. Young, deputy to the commander.

"SDDC received a warm welcome this past summer by base and community for the first phase of our BRAC relocation," Young said. "This new building represents the final step in our BRAC relocation from Virginia to Scott AFB."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Louisville District awarded the $93.6 million construction contract to River City Construction LLC in February.

SDDC provides global surface deployment and distribution services to meet the nation's objectives. SDDC deploys and sustains more than 90 percent of the Department of Defense's equipment and supplies by leveraging the capability of commercial industry and other military services.

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