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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Fort Leavenworth to break ground on new $15M facility

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  • The U. S. Army’s Combined Arms Center-Training at Fort Leavenworth will host next week a groundbreaking ceremony for a $15.6 million Regional Simulation Center that will help the Army train units, fort officials announced Wednesday.
    The 30-minute ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the building site, a parking lot south of East Warehouse Road.
    The new Regional Simulation Center will house the hardware, software and technology that simulate battlefield activity, similar to Real Time Strategy simulations in the commercial gaming industry, according to a Fort Leavenworth news release.
    "The center will provide exercises to train the staffs of large units, a corps or division," the release states. "During the exercise, the staffs receive simulated results of causalities and troop movements just as if they were in a real battle. These exercises hone units’ communication, coordination and planning skills to prepare the commander and staff for their next operation."
    In the past, the simulation technology was required at each corps and division headquarters. By leveraging new approaches in data distribution technology, the Army saves money by consolidating the simulations and distributing them globally from one location, according to the release.
    The U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command awarded the center’s construction contract to Carothers Construction Inc., of Oxford, Miss. The company expects to employ 100 workers in building the 36,000-square-foot building and anticipates completing the center in January 2016.
    The building’s design achieved a silver certificate from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program that recognizes energy-efficient buildings.  The design includes solar panels and other measures to conserve resources.
    The Regional Simulation Center will house the Global Simulation Capability, a part of the CAC-T.  During next week's ceremony, Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, CAC-T deputy commanding general, will discuss the Regional Simulation Center’s importance to the Army, Fort Leavenworth and the surrounding community.The U. S. Army’s Combined Arms Center-Training at Fort Leavenworth will host next week a groundbreaking ceremony for a $15.6 million Regional Simulation Center that will help the Army train units, fort officials announced Wednesday.
    The 30-minute ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the building site, a parking lot south of East Warehouse Road.
    The new Regional Simulation Center will house the hardware, software and technology that simulate battlefield activity, similar to Real Time Strategy simulations in the commercial gaming industry, according to a Fort Leavenworth news release.
    "The center will provide exercises to train the staffs of large units, a corps or division," the release states. "During the exercise, the staffs receive simulated results of causalities and troop movements just as if they were in a real battle. These exercises hone units’ communication, coordination and planning skills to prepare the commander and staff for their next operation."
    Page 2 of 2 - In the past, the simulation technology was required at each corps and division headquarters. By leveraging new approaches in data distribution technology, the Army saves money by consolidating the simulations and distributing them globally from one location, according to the release.
    The U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command awarded the center’s construction contract to Carothers Construction Inc., of Oxford, Miss. The company expects to employ 100 workers in building the 36,000-square-foot building and anticipates completing the center in January 2016.
    The building’s design achieved a silver certificate from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program that recognizes energy-efficient buildings.  The design includes solar panels and other measures to conserve resources.
    The Regional Simulation Center will house the Global Simulation Capability, a part of the CAC-T.  During next week's ceremony, Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, CAC-T deputy commanding general, will discuss the Regional Simulation Center’s importance to the Army, Fort Leavenworth and the surrounding community.

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