Guided Missile Maintenance Facility breaks ground at LEAD
June 6, 2008
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Guided Missile Maintenance Facility was held May 28 at Letterkenny Army Depot. Brig. Gen. Genaro J. Dellarocco, program executive officer, Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., and Col. Steven Shapiro, Letterkenny Army Depot commander, oversaw the event.
Construction on the $11.6 million project will begin this spring and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2009. The Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the construction contract to Lobar, Inc., Dillsburg, Pa.
A joint effort between the Army Corp of Engineers, multiple federal government agencies and federal government contractor organizations was required to ensure the site location for the complex met stringent explosive safety and security construction and operational requirements.
The missile complex will consist of buildings which will house missile containerization and missile disassembly/assembly areas, missile electronic component replacement/repair/diagnostic test areas and final missile assembly and missile round performance testing areas.
An additional facility will house the supply, quality and managerial functions of the missile mission.
As a result of Base Realignment and Closure of 2005, the missile maintenance and recertification mission currently located at Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas, will transition to LEAD. Transition planning is ongoing and will be executed in multiple phases to ensure an efficient transition and seamless impact to the customers. Employee relocation will begin as early as June 2009 and will continue into 2011.
The workforce will consist of more than 100 employees including government technicians, engineers and production support personnel. Government contractor personnel and engineers/specialists from the missile manufacturer will also be housed in the facility.