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January 13, 2012

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Open houses set for renovated buildings 103, 104

An open house for building 103 will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at Fort McCoy. Everyone in the Fort McCoy work force is welcome to view the renovated workspace for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS). Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison at Fort McCoy also will hold an open house in its newly renovated facility, building 104, on the same date.

To meet the increase of mission-sets within the DPTMS Plans, Operations and Security Division, an analysis was conducted to provide a more-efficient and functional work environment for the division’s personnel. The approved course of action was to renovate building 103 to provide a more-secure environment for Security Branch personnel, while also allowing for expansion of the Plans and Operations Branch within building 102.

Specific enhancements for building 103 include a secure storage area for security training and antiterrorism support equipment, and a designated area for General Services Administration-approved safes, which require a climate-controlled environment. A loading dock also was added to facilitate the transfer of equipment in support of Security Branch operations.
 
A private interview room was designed into the renovation to facilitate the conduct of background interviews to meet Army Regulations governing privacy concerns. The private interview room provides a secure, private and professional environment required during the process of obtaining a Department of Defense Security clearance.

In addition, a state-of-the-art training room was designed. It is equipped with both a 70-inch smart board and a 70-inch flat-screen television, each capable of accessing information on the Internet. These assets allow Security Branch personnel to perform required training for McCoy garrison personnel, as well as host classified training up to the secret level.

At one time, building 103 was used as a Finance Office, which required the use of a security vault. As a part of this renovation by the Directorate of Public Works (DPW), the vault was updated and equipped with the necessary assets to permit the activation of a Secure Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNET) suite to permit Security Branch personnel to access sites that support providing intelligence in support of force protection.

A conference room with secure video teleconference (SVTC) capability was added to building 103 to assist the Security Branch in its mission. This suite primarily will function as an alternate to the current suite located in building 102, allowing additional flexibility and maximizing VTC conference capabilities for the installation. Because building 103 is an extension of the Installation Emergency Operations Center (IEOC), a fully functional kitchen was added to assist in feeding personnel working during 24/7 operations.

Two office spaces were designed into the renovation to support designated Liaison Officers (LNOs) from outside agencies to the IEOC. Previously, there was no designated location for outside agencies to operate from in support of Fort McCoy’s IEOC. The proximity of these LNO Offices will decrease response time, and increase communications during both exercises and real-world incidents.

The perimeter fencing around buildings 102 and 103 was extended to allow for future IEOC expansion. Plans are being developed to construct a new IEOC to meet the requirements of the installation in responding to any all-hazards incident in the future.

This renovation project not only was completed on schedule by DPW, it exceeds initial expectations of operational capability, and also is a good example of financial responsibility through the reuse of office equipment remaining from the drawdown of the mobilization mission at Fort McCoy, said David Cochran, Chief, Security Branch.

Office furniture, computers, the SVTC suite, and other equipment from the installation’s recently completed mobilization mission was used in support of the building 103 renovation. The decision to reuse this equipment rather than buy new equipment resulted in a cost avoidance of more than $250,000.

(Submitted by Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.)

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