DVIDS – News – USACE, 81st Readiness Division Opens First US Army Reserve Equipment Concentration Site in Florida

The U.S. Army Reserve’s 81st Readiness Division, in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new equipment concentration site at Gainesville, Florida on July 14, 2022.

This will be the first U.S. Army Reserve equipment concentration site in the state of Florida and will help eliminate the need for some Army Reserve units to travel more than 600 miles to neighboring states. for storing or pulling equipment.

The District of Louisville awarded the $33.1 million contract last fall. The construction project includes a 45,694 square foot Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility, also known as TEMF, and the modification of a 26,642 square foot storage building while adding an additional 4,300 square feet to the existing building. The site will also include a 161,650 square yard military equipment parking area.

In addition, support facilities will include clearing, paving, aprons, fencing, wash down support, two-tier equipment loading ramps, general site improvements and utility connections. The project will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and comply with counter-terrorism force protection and physical security measures. Sustainability and energy metrics will also be provided.

“The Corps of Engineers works diligently to strengthen our nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities, like this one, where our service members train,” said Rep. Yvonne Hayes Hinson. , of the Florida House of Representatives. “This is a big and important project. I am confident that the many members of the team will be able to complete it and I have no doubt that it will be a facility that will enrich our community, our nation and our world for years to come.

Other speakers at the event included Brig. Gen. Bob Krumm, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 81st Readiness Division, Senator Warren ‘Keith’ Perry, Florida Senate, and Commissioner Marihelen Wheeler, Commissioner of Alachua County.

According to the 81st Readiness Division, Florida State Army Reserve units rely on ECS facilities in other states, sometimes traveling distances of more than 600 miles to fire equipment at training purposes. A Florida ECS/TEMP will reduce overcrowding of other ECSs in the southeastern region of the United States. ECS are by design stationed on military installations that can support unit training exercises to include annual training, WAREX, mission training for mobilization and/or redeployment of AR units. This Florida ECS will be a stand-alone model outside of any military installation.

The project is expected to be completed in 2024.







Date taken: 18.07.2022
Date posted: 08.12.2022 08:52
Story ID: 427117
Location: LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, USA






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