QUEENS, N.Y. -- The U.S. Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 17 for the revitalized AMSA/OMS (Area Maintenance Support Activity/Organizational Maintenance Shop) here in Fort Totten.
"We have not just revitalized the building and made it more effective and efficient, we've also made it more efficient in energy conservation and energy disposal," said Maj. Gen. Troy D. Kok, 99th RSC commanding general, to military leaders, business partners and service members attending the event.
"Our future is about how we make the most effective Army Reserve," Kok said. "It's through revitalization projects to take our Army into the 21st Century."
The maintenance facility underwent a $12.6 million full-facility revitalization by S&E Services, allowing technicians to perform in an up-to-date facility to meet readiness standards as well as train military unit mechanics as needed so they can perform maintenance while they're deployed.
"Maintenance is a very important part of what we need to keep our fighting forces as strong as possible. So, it's a great facility," said U.S. Congressman Thomas R. Suozzi.
The facility is a part of ensuring America's Army Reserve remains the most capable, combat-ready and lethal federal reserve force in the history of the nation.
The project includes alteration to the maintenance building consisting of approximately 41,000 square feet as well as the addition of two bay wash racks, floor drains and an oil-water separator to improve environmental impact, and a building addition of approximately 300 square feet.
"It's so important to see successful improvements here at Ft Totten for our reservists and to provide the type of facilities we need for our safety and for our troops," said New York City Council Member, 19th District, Queens, Paul A. Vallone.
The facility is certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver, allowing the Army Reserve to reduce it's impact on the environment, while at the same time saving taxpayer money.
"The revitalization helps provides a really good hub for the region in case of any mother nature disaster," said Command Sgt. Maj. Al Almeida, 99th RSC command sergeant major. "It also provides some economic development with jobs in that some of our civilian military technicians can get employment here."