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Posted 9/9/2016

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By Sean McBride


You can’t always do everything by yourself. That’s why every great organization is made up of great team members. Sometimes, great organizations have to pair up with another great organization to accomplish a task. That’s why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Charleston and New York Districts are teaming up in Brooklyn, N.Y., for a high-priority project for the Marine Forces Reserve.

Along with our sister district in New York, the Charleston District is renovating MARFORRES’ reserve center at Floyd Bennett Field, which will allow for more drill units to complete their monthly reserve duties at that location. Enhancing the capabilities of this facility will allow MARFORRES to eliminate some of their other, older facilities and be more efficient with more units in one place. MARFORRES currently has approximately 100,000 reservists at 160 Marine Corps Reserve Centers and is the largest command in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Floyd Bennett Field is a historic site in Brooklyn. Before JFK and LaGuardia Airports, Floyd Bennett Field was New York City’s first airport. Opened in 1930, Floyd Bennett Field has served as both a commercial airport and naval air station and much of it is currently managed by the National Park Service.

“[I’m] glad to see New York and Charleston working together,” said Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, USACE Chief of Engineers. “Our Marines deserve the talented expertise of both of our districts. Let’s ensure we get this done in a manner deserving of putting the Corps Castle on the side of the building.”

For this project, Charleston is managing the project while New York oversees the actual construction. The Charleston District is currently partnering with 11 other districts to complete MARFORRES projects in various parts of the country. These projects are all examples of the Corps using the right resources to get the job done. The graphic on the next page shows more details about these projects we’re partnering on throughout the country.