HON Dr. Westphal visits Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence
October 31, 2011
Under Secretary of the Army, HON Dr. Joseph W. Westphal (center) receives a tour of Fort Benning's newly renovated headquarters building, McGinnis-Wickham Hall, from BG Thomas S. James (left), Commandant United States Army Armor School (USAARMS) and COL(P) Walter Piatt (right), Commandant United States Army Infantry School. The Under Secretary of the Army visited Fort Benning to gain situational awareness and ensure the Army is correctly prioritizing, balancing and integrating resources to support the mission of this vital installation. HON Dr. Westphal received updates from the Infantry and Armor School Commandants and visited various tenant units/organizations. The building is named McGinnis-Wickham Hall for two Medal of Honor recipients, Spc. Ross A. McGinnis (Infantry) and Cpl. Jerry W. Wickham (Armor). McGinnis was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. Wickham was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions near Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam, in 1968. The new headquarters building was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standards and incorporates sustainability and "green" measures into both its design and construction. By weight, 90 percent of the items removed during the renovation, to include glass, concrete, steel, doors and aluminum, were recycled. Larger windows will take advantage of natural lighting and reduce energy consumption. More than 800 employees and students will eventually occupy the building daily.