FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – After a brief downpour of rain, signaling the start of southern Arizona’s monsoon season, skies cleared up just in time for Col. Daniel Martin, commander of the U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground (EPG), and Mayor Rick Mueller to break ground in commemoration of a new Military Construction Army Project, known as the Ground Transport Equipment Building (GTEB) on June 14.
This 30-million-dollar project has been in the making for several years. Under the Trump administration funding had been diverted toward construction of the U.S. and Mexico border wall. However, with strong Congressional and Department of Defense support, funding was restored under the new Biden administration, allowing construction to finally take off.
Mueller addressed a crowd of Fort Huachuca and local Arizona community leaders highlighting the importance of Fort Huachuca within the greater Sierra Vista community. “I appreciate, as Mayor, that we have a cooperation and an effort to make sure that our military is ready to do what they need to do, and we take care of our friends and family in our community,” said Mueller.
The GTEB will replace outdated World War II era facilities to consolidate and integrate communications equipment, testing platforms, as well as vehicle and equipment maintenance.
Martin noted that this facility will prove essential to the EPG mission. “Supporting our nation’s Soldiers with equipment and capabilities is a critical role that we at EPG are proud to sustain. Through rigorous testing, the systems and equipment that run through this facility will modernize our capabilities in order to shape the future battlefield” said Martin.