FORT HOOD — III Corps deputy commander British Maj. Gen. Doug Chalmers hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a new mission training complex construction project near Murphy Road and 62nd Street at Fort Hood.
The $63 million project will support individual collective, simulation-driven mission command training for III Corps and Fort Hood units, Chalmers said.
He said the original Fort Hood Mission Training Complex was built in the 1980s and conducted operations in 10 separate facilities spread across Fort Hood.
“This new venue will encompass 143,481 square feet, and this will consolidate the footprint into one central, unified area and will replace seven of those smaller buildings,” Chalmers said. “That would increase the quality, capacity and capability of the mission command training as it continues to provide world-class and world-leading training.”
Brian Dosa, the Fort Hood director of Public Works, said the new facility is a fantastic addition for the training of military leaders.
“This is a great day for Fort Hood and for the Army as we break ground on this new mission training center that’s going to provide training for our soldiers, particularly for our leaders as they do simulation training to help them do their job of commanding and leading units better,” Dosa said.
He said the last facility served its purpose, but since technology has improved over the years, the Army had outgrown it in terms of size and space and the facility could no longer handle the computers and simulations the Army currently uses.
Randy Ruhl, the chief of Mission Command Training for Fort Hood, said the facility allows the Army post to consolidate the facilities across the installation into a single campus and will provide an individual location for soldiers to train.
“It will allow us one place where the soldiers can come for their individual training on the mission command systems, their staff training for battalion, brigade and corps level staffs and it also provides a link to our virtual and gaming-based training,” Ruhl said.
The contract was awarded to MW Builders Inc. from Temple.
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020.