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EODOSU 10 Holds Groundbreaking for Reserve Operations Facility

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS091020-26
Release Date: 10/20/2009 3:40:00 PM

From Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU) 10 held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 1 for a new Reserve Operations Facility at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story.

Ceremony attendees included JEB representatives as well as Capt. David Boone, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic; Capt. Dale G. Fleck, commodore of EOD Group 2; and Lt. Cmdr. Glenn Lininger, the commanding officer, EODOSU 10.

According to Lininger, the impact this building will have on operations throughout the group is significant.

"Moving to a new facility will enable EODOSU 10 to remain at the forefront of mainstreaming active-Reserve integration within the EOD force actively supporting the chief of Navy Reserve's vision," he said.

EODOSU Executive Officer Lt. Alex Campbell said he was looking forward to moving from their current building into the new facility. He also said the proposed state-of-the-art facility will directly influence EOD operations.

"EODOSU 10 has long been executing our important work in inadequate facilities," said Campbell. "The construction of this [military construction] goes a long way toward providing the EOD technicians, divers and staff a facility befitting their outstanding performance in the field."

This facility is the first of five planned facilities in the EOD complex. The $6.9 million project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010 and will house a combination of 10 EOD, ordnance clearance, and area search platoons, in addition to the headquarters and support functions of EODOSU 10.

As an integral part of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command enterprise, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic managed the planning, design, and construction of this design/build project. The prime contractor is Bay Electric Inc. of Newport News, Va., with design support from architect-engineer Clark-Nexson of Norfolk. The 24,677 square foot facility will support the future growth of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Command.

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