Picture by Mark Hallum
Politicos joined navy officers to chop the ribbon on a brand new navy facility in Fort Totten.
By Mark Hallum
The ribbon was lower final week for a $12 million improve to a U.S. Army building at Fort Totten which can assist the power keep navy gear for installations throughout the area.
U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Little Neck), Metropolis Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Main Gen. Troy Kok led the Aug. 17 ceremony at Fort Totten’s newly upgraded building, which resembles an airplane hanger crammed with Humvees and armored troop carriers. The U.S. Army Reserves can now refurbish getting old and broken gear and outfit small arms in a darkish-room for calibrating sights.
Vallone spoke of the significance of getting a powerful navy presence in the neighborhood he represents and the way younger folks in northeast Queens want to have the ability to see the women and men who serve stateside to achieve respect for the sacrifice the navy makes.
“So many youngsters in our district work together with you on a regular basis and I feel typically you don’t even understand the impression you've gotten right here,” Vallone stated, including that initiatives such because the upgraded facility carry optimistic consideration to the navy presence in Bayside. “A very powerful realization for the subsequent era is to see our women and men in uniform proper in entrance of them selecting this path to maintain us protected.”
The revitalization included elevating the roof of the outdated facility, a part of the Army Reserve part of Fort Totten constructed within the 1950s, to broaden the dimensions of the primary doorways on the north and south aspect of the construction to permit bigger automobiles to come back out and in of building.
“These amenities had been constructed predominately within the 1950s they usually met the necessities of our Army and Army Reserve at that point with the varieties of gear that we had throughout that interval,” Kok stated. “However as we’ve develop into a greater combating pressure, a extra skilled pressure, our gear has adjusted for the time ... so this revitalization mission is extraordinarily essential for the Army Reserve to maintain our Army Reserve related as we speak.”
Suozzi, elected for the primary time in November, stated the 77th Division stationed at Fort Totten represents an instance of what the nation ought to attempt for within the present polarizing political local weather.
“It is a very powerful time in world historical past and in our nation’s historical past, we’re going through a whole lot of darkish forces all through the world and even in our personal nation proper now,” stated Suozzi, an outspoken opponent of the Trump administration. “We’ve received to return to a number of the quite simple fundamentals of what this nation is based on and what we’ve promoted around the globe. Your laborious work and the professionalism as exhibited at a facility like it is a signal of what we have to face the challenges on this very lengthy battle forward of us.”
The U.S. Army Reserve station at Fort Totten is the biggest Reserve set up within the nation and, in response to Lt. Col. Pete Lupo, the upgraded facility will supply assist to 60 different Reserve models across the Northeast.
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Posted 12:00 am, August 27, 2017
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