Ground is Broken
By Lanessa Hill
USAG Public Affairs
The groundbreaking of the auditorium and training center facility on Fort Detrick marked a significant day for this installation.
On Sept. 28, elected officials along with leaders from Fort Detrick gathered to celebrate the beginning of more partnerships, collaborations and educational opportunities. The new facility which is expected to be completed in Spring 2012 will be an asset to both this installation and the surrounding community.
"The events of 9-11 have cut off the public from most installations. This facility will enable us to come together again. We can now work together and understand each other better. We have not had a good place to meet with everyone and this will allow us to do just that." said Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman, commanding general, US Army Medical Research and Material Command and Fort Detrick.
As city and county officials continue to interact with Fort Detrick leaders, the projects and ideas also continue. This facility will host conferences, seminars, expos and small theatrical performances.
Video and teleconferencing capabilities as well as increased classroom space and an advanced technology center will enable Fort Detrick to reach more people interested in distance learning and continuing their education.
Theater style seating for 350 people will be moveable and will easily convert the space into a multi-purpose auditorium. Representing Congressman Roscoe Bartlett was Bud Otis. Mr. Otis reminded everyone in the audience that it was great to be an American and that Congressman Bartlett as well as other officials fully supported the construction of this facility and all the work that is done at Fort Detrick.
He went on to say that this project was seen in the eyes of many, as a necessary facility with so much potential to bring surrounding communities and the military together to work on great things and common issues.
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