South Carolina military and political officials held the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new $100 million headquarters for the Third Army at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter Friday.
The 320,000-square foot, 7-acre facility is called “Patton Hall” in honor of Gen. George Patton, who famously led the division during World War II.
The Third Army, which handles logistics for Army forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is shifting about 1,300 personnel and their families from Fort MacPherson in Atlanta. The Pentagon ordered the closure of Fort McPherson and the shift to Shaw in 2005 as part of a national realignment of military bases.
Congressman Mick Mulvaney attended the ribbon-cutting, as did Third Army commander Lt. Gen. William Webster and George Patton Waters, the grandson of Gen. Patton.
Welcome signs and banners are posted throughout the Sumter community at businesses and churches welcoming the Third Army and their families.