ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 25, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement today welcoming U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) to Maryland as they officially transfer to Aberdeen Proving Ground from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey:
“Last week marked a significant milestone in Maryland’s work to implement BRAC. The jobs are here, the work is here, and now, the people are here. Governor O’Malley and I are so pleased to welcome the transferring families from New Jersey, and we look forward to working together in partnership with you as we continue to welcome new residents to our great State.”
At a ceremony on Friday at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, commander of CECOM, hosted a formal flag uncasing ceremony to mark the official transfer of CECOM to its new home in Aberdeen. Several hundred military officials, community leaders and employees attended the ceremony representing the largest Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) military mission move to Maryland.
The ceremony was held in the center of the $477 million complex of nine new buildings that will house the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Center of Excellence. This first phase of the campus provides 1.5 million square feet of workspace for 5,000 personnel. The ceremony to case the flag which formally signified the transfer of the command from Fort Monmouth to Aberdeen Proving Ground was held September 10, 2010 in New Jersey. More than 1,400 employees have relocated from Fort Monmouth so far.
Lt. Governor Brown chairs the Governor’s Subcabinet on BRAC and oversees Maryland’s BRAC preparations. The process is expected to create as many as 60,000 new jobs across the state.