By Mr. Henry Kearney (CECOM)September 22, 2010
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 16, 2010)Aca,!" During a visit here last week, Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, and AMC Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger toured the emerging Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center of Excellence campus. The tour was hosted by Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, commanding general of the U. S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and other senior CECOM leaders.
More than 2,500 CECOM and C4ISR partner organizationsAca,!a,,c military, civilian and contractor personnel are already on the ground at Aberdeen Proving Ground with more than 4,700 more positions to follow by next summer as the organizations shift their base of operations from Fort Monmouth, N.J. to APG to implement 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Law.
In an overview briefing following the campus tour, Strong emphasized to Dunwoody the three top CECOM priorities---support to overseas contingency operations; Reset and modernization efforts in support of Army Force Generation; and BRAC execution support Army-wide including relocation of the command headquarters to APG.
As part of his overview briefing, Strong emphasized that the Aca,!A"center of gravityAca,!A? of his command has already shifted to APG with senior leadership already moved here or in the process of moving and with a CECOM flag uncasing ceremony planned here Friday, Oct. 22.
"While Aberdeen has been a center of innovation for about 93 years, it is now one of the new centers of gravity for Army Materiel Command and for our Army," Dunwoody said in remarks to Soldiers and civilian employees earlier in her one-day visit to the installation.
The Army is investing more than $1.4 billion in the APG infrastructure to modernize the installation and prepare it for its new mission as the center for Army science and technology.