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April 27, 2012

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New Network Enterprise Center facility open for business at Fort McCoy

The Network Enterprise Center (NEC) at Fort McCoy is operational at its new facility, building 1454.

The new facility consolidates all NEC employees into a permanent building. Formerly, the NEC operations were spread across five separate buildings on post, mostly in the 1900 block, which included two barracks buildings joined together, and a World War II-era wood supply facility.
PHOTO: Employees of the Network Enterprise Center settle into the new facility. Photo by Rob Schuette
Laurene ”Susie” Krueger (left) and Nancy Tralmer of the Network Enterprise Center settle into the new facility. The facility opened for business April 16 after personnel completed moving in. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Ronald Robinson, NEC director, said the new complex incorporates needed technological updates and postures the NEC to meet the installation’s technology needs in the future.

“This project is a prime example of the excellent teamwork and customer support that’s present at Fort McCoy,” Robinson said. “Without the efforts of the Fort McCoy DPW (Directorate of Public Works) and support from the Garrison’s Command Group, the project would not have come to fruition.”

The NEC’s mission is to provide Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Management (C4IM) policies, standards, architectures, programs, plans and budgets for automation and telecommunications, in support of Fort McCoy’s Strategic Business Plan.

The NEC is part of the 106th Signal Brigade of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, which is aligned with the 7th Signal Command (Theater) of Fort Gordon, Ga.

Robinson said the 21,000-square-foot facility at Fort McCoy incorporates new classified and unclassified data centers of sufficient size to ensure requirements for physical space are met for years to come.

In addition to the data centers, the new facility includes a conference room with state-of-the-art video teleconferencing capabilities, a SIPRNET (Secure Internet Protocol Network) Node Room and separate SIPRNET café, a Technical Test Lab, a modern cooling/heating system, and dependable, up-to-date energy-saving power sources. Construction specifications for the brick-and-mortar facility also included a permanent concrete foundation, structural steel framing, masonry veneer walls, a metal roof and a parking lot.

The parking lot is of ample size to support both employees and personnel who conduct business at the facility, Robinson said. All phone numbers, e-mail addresses, fax numbers, etc., remain the same.

Construction of the facility began in fiscal year 2010, when the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to build the nearly $8 million NEC data center and administration complex at Fort McCoy.

The general contractor for the project was Fowler and Hammer, Inc. of La Crosse. The project was funded by Military Construction, Army Reserve funding.

A ribbon-cutting/open house ceremony for the facility is set for Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Members of the Fort McCoy work force/community are welcome.

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