FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Civilian leaders representing the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G3/5/7 Directorate traveled to Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall, N.C., March 23, for a first-hand look at temporary and permanent workspaces being readied for the relocation of the command's headquarters in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Legislation.

Nearly 300 members of FORSCOM's Advance Echelon (ADVON) are already in place and working here, and the Main Body will begin arriving for duty on Monday, 28 March 2011, with arrivals continuing through the summer, as the pace of facility preparation here, and personnel movement from Fort McPherson, Ga., quickens.

The group toured work areas at the Eagle Forward Base Complex (also known as the Howell Street Warehouse Complex), the historic Firestone Building - which has just gone through a complete renovation transforming it from an out-of-service vehicle maintenance facility to a first-class office complex, and the 631,000 sq. ft. combined headquarters complex, scheduled for completion by June 21.

For nearly all members of the group, this was their first in-person look at the locations and facilities they have heard, and talked, about for several years.

According to Pete Deperro, senior watch officer, the visit accomplished its purpose.

"This was a great opportunity for (members of the) G3 leadership to touch and feel the facilities from which Forces Command will execute its Mission Essential Functions from - as an Army Command (ACOM), Army Force Provider, and Army Service Component Command (ASCC)," said Deperro.

The information brief, orientation, and facility tour were well received by all in attendance," he continued. "Everyone left understanding the new headquarters 'isn't your daddy's Oldsmobile' and is loaded with new technology and world class facility infrastructure."

"The new FORSCOM facilities will serve our Soldiers and dedicated Army civilians well as we continue to execute critically important tasks for our nation," Deperro said.