FORT GREELY, AK - April 17, 2013 (Left to right) Col. Tim Faulkner, deputy region director, Installation Management Command - Pacific Region; Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gooden, garrison command sergeant major, Fort Greely; Lt. Col. Terry Clark, garrison commander, Fort Greely; Jim Degnan, fire chief, Fort Greely Fire and Emergency Services; Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command; and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Turner, command sergeant major, SMDC cut the ceremonial red ribbon at the new Fort Greely Fire Station. The fire station is the first MILCON project to for the garrison since the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure. The state-of-the-art facility is upgrades from a 1950s two-bay facility to a 12-bay facility. It will consolidate FGA's Fire and Emergency Services that were split between Allen Army Airfield and main post.

According to Degnan, the opening of the new fire department brings together years of preparation and planning by the Fort Greely Fire Department, Directorate of Public Works and the Army Corps of Engineers.

"It's been under construction since 2011," Degnan said. "This long-needed new building will allow the firefighters to be closer to the airfield and allow for shorter response times."