New Army Reserve center, troop store for Saipan Reservists, Families

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Stephen K. Curda, commander of the 9th Mission Support Command was in attendance of the  Saipan U.S. Army Reserve Center's groundbreaking ceremony, July 11, 2016. Along with the commander, in attendance was the Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islandes, the Honorable Victor Hocog, other state officials and management personnel from Aafes. The center will be undergoing a full revitalization to its complex, enhancing the capabilities of the center to include upgraded storm protection, security systems and upgrades to the air conditioning system. The attached Aafes Troop Store will also be receiving a facelift by upgrading the store by 3 times larger than the existing store in order to more effectively serve Soldiers, Families and Veterans. Project completion is scheduled for March 2017.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica A. DuVernay)

Leaders from the 9th MSC and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as other state officials and management personnel from AAFES, break ground during a ceremony at the Saipan U.S. Army Reserve Center’s, Monday.

 

Story and photos by Sgt. Jessica A. DuVernay,
305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment,
9th Mission Support Command

 

PUERTO RICO, Saipan — U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers who live and work on the beautiful island of Saipan will be getting a much-needed upgrade to their reserve center and adjacent troop store in the coming months.

Brig. Gen. Stephen K. Curda, commander, 9th Mission Support Command, officiated the groundbreaking ceremony for the facility revitalization of the Saipan USAR Center and adjacent Army and Air Force Exchange Service troop store, Monday.

“Your support for these citizen Soldiers is vital to their success here as we continue to build on the strengths of their small, but mighty, team,” Curda said, thanking Mike Tenorio, representative for Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan; Viola Alepuyo, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, and other local officials in attendance.

Guest speakers included Victor Hocog, Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Navy Capt. Stephanie Jones, regional engineer, Naval Facilities Joint Region Marianas; and Rick Fair, AAFES regional manager for Guam, Saipan and Korea.

Construction of both the USAR facility revitalization and the AAFES troop store is scheduled to be completed by March 2017.Kim-2-Saipan-USAR-160711.

The Saipan USAR Center revitalization project accomplishes three objectives:

  • It drastically improves the safety environment, by fortifying the structure from extreme weather conditions such as seasonal typhoons common to the area;
  • It triples the existing training area by adding 3,000 square feet of administration offices, classrooms and maintenance areas; and
  • It supports the Army’s energy net zero initiatives by outfitting the center with solar panels, a solar water heater and energy efficient lighting.

The construction phase of the revitalization project comes after a lengthy planning and assessment phase. Due to the center’s location among numerous World War II historic sites and battlegrounds, a thorough environmental impact study was completed to ensure that it would be safe to perform construction on site. The discovery of ordnance between the reserve center’s original two structures affirmed the need for the revitalization.

VIPs at the groundbreaking ceremony, Monday.

VIPs at the groundbreaking ceremony, Monday.

The Theater Support Group-Pacific, headquartered and co-located with the 9th MSC at Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii, is overseeing the construction project. The TSG provides continuous base operations sustainment, facility maintenance management and Soldier support to enhance the 9th MSC readiness throughout the U.S. Army Pacific Command area of responsibility.

“These dramatic improvements will boost the morale and readiness of these Soldiers,” Curda said. “(It will) serve as a recruiting tool for young adults entering the work force, whose drill pay contributes to local economy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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