FORT McPHERSON, Ga. -- Plan, take care of people and continue the mission.

These requisites are the framework Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Peterson, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, recently reiterated to the FORSCOM staff as the Atlanta-based headquarters moves ever closer to its much-anticipated relocation to Fort Bragg, N.C., beginning in 2010.

Aca,!A"We will do this responsibly, while treating everyone with dignity and respect,Aca,!A? said Peterson during an Aug. 26 meeting attended by 40 planners and staff principals who will oversee the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission-directed movement of the headquarters and its Soldiers and Army civilian employees. Aca,!A"Talk is cheap, but action is important.Aca,!A?

Action is what the transfer of FORSCOM from its current home here will be all about. In the coming months, the pace of that action will speed to a dizzying blur as all the visible tasks and behind-the-scenes activity necessary to move the nearly 1,500-person headquarters from its long-time home here and plant it in the new, state-of-the-art, complex under construction on the sprawling Army post in Southeastern N.C., unfold.

Completing property inventories, recruiting and hiring new staff members to fill the vacancies expected to occur as some current staff members decline the opportunity to relocate, and building relationships with those in and around FORSCOM headquartersAca,!a,,c new Aca,!A"hometownAca,!A? are just a few of the tasks that must be done Aca,!" all while seamlessly continuing the commandAca,!a,,cs Army Force Generation mission, Peterson said.

Almost immediately the Command took steps to communicate with leaders in the Cape Fear Region surrounding Fort Bragg, as Peterson and other representatives traveled to the area in late August.

The goal of that trip was to update leaders in North Carolina, specifically from the nine counties nearest the post. Aca,!f

Future meetings and briefings on the move will include subject matter experts (SMEAca,!a,,cs) from the personnel and transportation arenas, Peterson said.

As the briefing began to come to a close, the deputy commanding general paid specific attention to the valued members of FORSCOM, uniformed and civilian, who will retire from federal service or transfer to positions elsewhere in the areas near Atlanta.

Aca,!A"How we say goodbye to those not moving with us is as important as how we welcome new members to our team, or any other part of this (effort),Aca,!A? Peterson said.