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First Army Move on Track

First Army Public Affairs
2010-05-21

Participants prepare to lay stones during a ceremony May 20 in front of Building 68 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. The building is the future home of First Army headquarters and the ceremony marked the completion of the first phase of construction. From left are: Jim Russell, CEO of Russell Construction; Joel Himsl, Rock Island garrison manager; Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller, First Army commander; Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commander of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command; and Col. Keith Landry, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Louisville branch.


ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - 05.21.2010 First Army's planned move here next year is on track.

Military and civilian officials marked the completion of the first construction phase of the unit's future headquarters during a ceremony May 20.

Laying stones in front of Building 68 were: Jim Russell, CEO of Russell Construction; Joel Himsl, Rock Island garrison manager; Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller, First Army commander; Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commander of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command; and Col. Keith Landry, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Louisville District.

First Army, currently at Fort Gillem, Ga., is slated to be operating on Rock Island Arsenal by June 2011. The move is part of the Base Realignment and Closure legislation. Building 68 dates to 1881 and is undergoing extensive renovations to accommodate an estimated 550 workers.

"Mark your calendars," Miller said. "One year from today, this building's full."

Approximately 130,000 square feet will be renovated, according to Mark Jacobson of the U.S. Corps of Engineers Louisville District.

The First Army mission is to mobilize, train, validate, and deploy Reserve Component units.






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