Secretary of the Army Pete Geren praised Redstone Arsenal during his first visit Nov. 12.

"Redstone Arsenal is a remarkable facility," he told reporters before his departure from Redstone Airfield. "It is such an important part of the present of the Army and the future of the Army. And they're playing a key role in fighting this war."

He mentioned the Prototype Integration Facility, which was among the stops during his half-day tour.

"They have been innovative, creative and have moved things to the war fighter almost to the speed of light," he said.

Geren also praised the Huntsville and north Alabama area and said he expects a higher than average number of people to move here with their jobs under base realignment and closure.

"This is a welcoming community with excellent schools, great quality of life," he said.