By Jim Hinnant, U.S. Army Forces Command Public AffairsMarch 3, 2011
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 3, 2011) -- Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli visited the future home of the headquarters elements of U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command here, today, for an up close and personal view of the 631,000-square-foot facility slated for completion June 21.
The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation directed relocation of the FORSCOM and USARC headquarters elements from Fort McPherson, Ga., to Fort Bragg, N.C. The deadline for completion of all BRAC-related relocations is Sept. 15.
Accompanied by Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson, deputy commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps, and senior leaders of the FORSCOM advance team, Ted Kientz, FORSCOM's Fort Bragg Base Realignment and Closure liaison officer, led Chiarelli on a top-to-bottom look at the state-of-the-art workplace for nearly 2,800 Soldiers, Army civilians and defense contractors who will occupy it beginning in mid-summer.
According to Kientz, Chiarelli was satisfied with not only the progress of facility construction but also with the obvious attention given to making the new headquarters a world-class place for people to work.
"He seemed impressed with the overall quality of construction and the functionality of the design," said Kientz. "We showed him the features and flexibility built into each work station and discussed the obvious attention given to individual employee productivity and comfort."
On leaving the building, Chiarelli thanked key members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Hensel Phelps Construction Company for their teamwork and dedication in making the new headquarters a reality while keeping the complex, $302-million project on schedule.
Chiarelli then boarded a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial look at the site and other construction projects in progress at the post.
At a Pope Field media opportunity held prior to his departure for Washington, D.C., Chiarelli gave the BRAC-related work here a final assessment.
"I also had the opportunity to spend some time taking a look at how Fort Bragg is preparing for BRAC -- all the work that is being done," said Chiarelli. "I had a fantastic tour of the new FORSCOM headquarters, of the housing areas, and an over-flight of the housing areas. I was very very pleased with what I was able to see."
The headquarters staff elements of FORSCOM and USARC are relocating here in accordance with the 2005 BRAC legislation, with the move scheduled for completion by late summer.