FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – A new sign constructed for the Van Deman Gate here was unveiled by the garrison command team Feb. 22, 2021.
The new sign on the corner of Hatfield Road and Buffalo Soldier Trail is a well-lit landmark ensuring safe travel when visiting the installation at night.
The Van Deman Gate is the only entrance operational 24 hours a day, seven days of the week on the installation.
“The new sign is fantastic, and it looks great!” exclaimed Col Jarrod Moreland, garrison commander. “I am thankful to all of the parties involved in getting the plan in motion here.”
The installation Directorate of Public Works’ Master Planning Division and Engineering Division collaborated on the engineering, design and construction efforts which began Jan. 4, 2021. The sign project began about five years ago by now-retired Maj. Gen. Robert Walters, former commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence & Fort Huachuca.
“Major General Walters asked our team to design the sign concept,” said Kevin Blackwell, architect/community planner from DPW’s Master Planning Division.
Blackwell and Walters developed the building plans communicating over a few months before finalizing the blueprints.
‘I am so glad to be able to take part in this [project],” Blackwell said.
Blackwell said plans always evolve as the project progresses. He thought since the sign requires its floodlights in constant operation, then there is benefit adding an energy resource.
“About two weeks ago, I added a solar panel to the construction plan,” he said.
The installation community and its visitors can now see the Fort Huachuca cavalry scouts logo designed by Paul A. Rossi. The emblem is held by iron scrolls and cradled in the center of a wall masoned in native stone.
“This is a great day for Fort Huachuca as we unveil the new sign at the Van Deman Gate,” Moreland said. “It is great to way to commemorate and reflect on the history of Fort Huachuca.”
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