The Third Army Central Headquarters being built at Shaw Air Force Base is right on schedule. In August, ground was broken on the $91.5 million Army Central Command project for the Third Army’s new site at Shaw Air Force Base. After three months of construction and planning, the project is 20 percent complete. Third Army Major Amanda Azubuike says Third Army is excited about the move and partnership.
“Third Army is really excited about this opportunity to join the outstanding working partnership between Shaw Air Force Base and the city and county of Sumter, South Carolina. Everyone here on the transition team has had such a positive experience, we really couldn’t ask for a better working relationship. So, 3rd Army looks forward to a productive future, and we’re really looking forward to the months ahead,” says Azubuike.
The 2003 Realignment and Closure Commission required the Army to have the new headquarters in operation by 2011. Shaw Air Force Base says soldiers will arrive with their families to Shaw next summer, bringing in an additional estimated 3,400 people. Shaw is already the headquarters for the Air Force.
Azubuike explains the timeline: “As of September, 2011 Fort McPherson and Fort Gillam will close. There is a small enclave that will remain open at Fort Gillam; however, 3rd Army will be completely moved by September 2011,” says Azubuike.