FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) celebrates another milestone, ending the construction phase of its new state-of-the art, 382,000 square foot addition to its headquarters with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Nolan Building, Nov. 15.

The new facility will allow INSCOM to consolidate most of its headquarters personnel in one location to connect and deliver the premiere Army Intelligence Enterprise across the globe.

Presiding over the ceremony was Charles F. Sardo, INSCOM chief of staff, who reminded the audience of the historic day, which has been in the works for 19 years.

"Today's ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the most significant milestone to date towards achieving that goal," said Sardo. "It is incredible how many people it takes to construct a facility like this. Over the years, from the initial collection of requirements, through the planning, programming, design, and then finally the construction, thousands of people have worked together towards this effort."

INSCOM moved into the current Nolan Building in the summer of 1989. By the late '90s, the personnel growth exceeded the capability of its facility, and INSCOM struggled to incorporate the continual evolving information technology and personnel into the existing space. In 2000, INSCOM began efforts to expand the facility.

In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, INSCOM underwent rapid restructuring and growth to become an operational headquarters to meet the intelligence demands of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. This growth drove immediate space requirements and forced INSCOM to densify the Nolan Building, and to acquire an off-post lease.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn, commanding general, U.S. Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, noted this was a great collaboration of partnership and he is very proud of the teamwork to deliver a quality product.

"I'm so proud of our team efforts," said Milhorn. "From the Baltimore District and all the professionals who brought this to bear, and was a part of this from the very beginning, through design, contracting, and construction, to our INSCOM partners, who are the beneficiaries of the hard work, and the tremendous dedication of the professionals that contributes, to the U.S. Army, the Intel Community at large, and our coalition partners."

Both Milhorn and Sardo thanked all the contributors who assisted with the project before cutting the ribbon.

Participants cutting the ribbon were Sardo, Milhorn, Gilda Brown, an INSCOM management analyst, who has been an INSCOM employee for over 40 years representing the past, present and the future; Col. Doug Henry, INSCOM assistant chief of staff G-4; Michael Stearns, former INSCOM engineer; Col. John Litz, commander, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; Lorne Johnston, Benham Designs senior project architect; and John Reyhan, Manhattan Construction Company president.

After the ceremony, guests toured the new facility and signed the ceremonial ribbon to mark the milestone.