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NAVFAC Southwest Completes Weapons, Field Training Battalion Support Facilities

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120920-01
9/20/2012

By Mario T. Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif, (NNS) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, Sept. 12, to recognize the completion of three support facilities for Weapons & Field Training Battalion (WFTBn).

WFTBn provides recruits with the training and skills necessary to maintain and accurately fire the M16A2 service rifle and teaches a recruit the fundamentals of living on the field and surviving on the modern battlefield. MCB Camp Pendleton is required to train approximately 20,000 recruits from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego each year. This is an increase of 3,000 recruits based on the Grow the Force increased end-strength. The three facilities for WFTBn were designed to support the additional facilities requirements caused by Grow the Force initiative.

NAVFAC Southwest awarded Bilbro Construction Inc. a $13.16 million contract, August 17, 2009 to construct three supporting facilities under one contract for WFTBn. The Range Support Facility, Applied Instruction Martial Arts Training Facility, and Storage Air Ground Organic Unit Facility make up the three support facilities. Three structures totaling over 12,000 square feet were demolished to make way for the three support facilities which total 34,929 square feet. All facilities have applied for U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Standard certification.

The 11,044 square foot Applied Instruction Martial Arts Training Facility includes a solar hot water system, wide pathways for recruit formation movements, and light emitting diode (LED) solar photovoltaic (PV) parking lights.

"This martial arts facility will be the focal point of training for all of Camp Pendleton Marines, as well as the Recruit mission of WFTBn," said Mike Gough, NAVFAC Southwest Resident Officer In-Charge of Construction (ROICC) Office, Camp Pendleton construction manager. "This dojo is by far the most up-to-date and well equipped in the entire Marine Corps. The pride the Marines show each time they enter the facility is inspirational, and the quality and variety of equipment will provide multi-level training opportunities well into the future for the Marine Corps."

The Storage Air Ground Organic Unit Facility provides 14,208 square feet of warehouse space. Construction of this support facility utilized sustainable construction practices and design.

The 9,677 square foot Range Support Facility includes LED solar PV powered parking lights, motorized windows, photo cell controlled lighting, and a solar domestic hot water system mounted to the roof. The facility will produce targets for shooting range applications.

Camp Pendleton Public Works Division Project Lead, Sue Downs, NAVFAC Southwest ROICC Camp Pendleton Construction Manager Mike Gough, and Weapons & Field Training Battalion Commanding Officer Col. Mathew Cooper cut the ribbon to WFTBn Support Facilities at the Martial Arts Facility.



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