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USSOCOM breaks ground for headquarters addition

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
Thunderbolt editor
Photo Sgt. 1st Class Rachel Davis

USSOCOM's latest construction project kicks off with a ground-breaking ceremony, April 30, at the Headquarters. Shown left to right are: Lt. Col. Bob McCall, Mobile District Deputy Engineer, Corps of Engineers; Gen Bryan Doug Brown, U.S. Special Operations Command commander and Congressman C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.).

This facility will help us [on our mission] to track down and to destroy terrorist networks around the world," said Gen. Bryan Doug Brown, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, referring to the command's latest construction project, in which a new addition will be added onto the headquarters building.

The general addressed hundreds of Special Operations troops and headquarters personnel who gathered outside the main building's westward annex to hear about the new structure during its ground-breaking ceremony April 30. "A little over a year from now we will see a facility that consolidates more capable warfighting efforts within our force protection perimeter," General Brown said. "This center will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and be a world class facility for world class people."

The new 112,000 square-foot addition will cost $20.5 million and take 18 months to build. The present structure, Annex Alpha, will be demolished over a four-week period this summer to make way for the new concrete and steel facility. "We couldn't have this type of center without the help of Congress," General Brown said, introducing Congressman C.W. Bill Young, (R-Fla.).

"I am very proud of the people who serve for this country," Congressman Young began. "And you special operators are called 'special' for a reason. Everything you do, you do well, and Congress supports your quality of life.

"Gen. Brown and I agreed a long time ago that we needed to construct a (new mission-oriented) center here," Congressman Young went on. "And I support what our military needs. I will fight every step of the way, as my constituents all agree, to get you whatever you need to fight the global war on terrorism."

The congressman also spoke on behalf of Americans, stating that not only Congress-but the American people as well-respect, appreciate and support the tremendous job of the U.S. military.

Harold Bosse, USSOCOM command engineer, is elated the project is taking shape.

"Working on a project of this magnitude is rewarding," he said. "It will enhance USSOCOM's ability to fight which makes the project more worthwhile. This building will not only eliminate expenses for leasing temporary or permanent facilities, but the center allows USSOCOM to fully exploit the synergy between its many functional areas. It results in a more-focused and centralized fight against terrorism."

The new facility is scheduled for completion late 2005.




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