USARPAC breaks ground on new command and control facility

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army-Pacific
Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army-Pacific held a groundbreaking ceremony to inaugurate its new command and control facility operational headquarters, here, Monday.

The completed project will consolidate command and control and supporting functions from 12 separate pre-World War II buildings and temporary trailers.

“Welcome to historic Fort Shafter, where today, we break ground for the Pacific region’s newest command and control facility,” said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC.

“Those of you that have visited our headquarters over the years may have noticed that my office is located in Building T-100. The “T” stands for temporary. Seventy years later, I think it’s safe to say our government got more out of these temporary facilities than we ever bargained for.

“Revising the requirements of mission command and construction of this facility couldn’t be timelier,” Wiercinski continued. “Modern operations are a network centric, collaborative enterprise requiring infrastructure unknown during Word War II.”

After his opening remarks, Wiercinski turned the microphone over to Sen. Daniel Inouye.

“The first time I visited Fort Shafter was June 1947; I was just retired from the Army,” Inouye said. “When I saw the (T-100), I was taken back because this was the Office of the Supreme Commander of the victorious Army of the Pacific. I was expecting something a little bit more.”

Following Inouye’s comments, the official party moved to the groundbreaking sight where a Hawaiian blessing was given.

The ceremony concluded with the symbolic breaking of the ground by the official party and the playing of “The Army Goes Rolling Along.”

 

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