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Monday, October 22, 2007

NGA moving to Fort Belvoir

Interesting presentation prepared by Eileen Preisser:

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
New Campus East
Springfield, VA

Eileen Preisser, Program Advocate
New Campus East Program Management Office
March 2007

Approved for Public Release - 07-170



•Explain why NGA must build a new campus on Ft Belvoir’s EPG in Springfield, VA

•Provide updated information on how NGA intends to create New Campus East (NCE) at Springfield, Virginia

•Describe the challenges and benefits of NGA’s move to Springfield

Here is the related press release:

9820 Flagler Road
Fort Belvoir VA 22060

RELEASE NO. 060727
July 27, 2006


FORT BELVOIR, VA. -- The U.S. Army announced today that its master planning contractor has recommended a ‘preferred site-plan’ for the realignment of Fort Belvoir. This plan as well as alternative plans will now be analyzed in an environmental impact statement (EIS). The ‘preferred site-plan,’ is intended to achieve requirements of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC).

Under the preferred site plan developed by the Army’s contractor, four major incoming functions would be located in dispersed areas of the existing post, as well as the Engineer Proving Ground (EPG) near Springfield. The functions recommended for EPG siting are the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; elements of the Washington Headquarters Service; and the National Museum of the United States Army.

An expanded DeWitt Army Community Hospital and other agencies directed by the BRAC law are recommended for siting on Fort Belvoir’s South Post.

BRAC 2005 calls for approximately 22,000 additional employees to work at Fort Belvoir by September 15, 2011. Planners estimate that this will require the construction of several million square feet of office space and millions of dollars in new infrastructure at the installation.

“We have listened closely to the concerns of the community during this early phase of the process, and we expect our community outreach will only intensify in the months ahead,” stressed Mr. Keith Eastin, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment.

“All of the planning strategies we have examined have been driven in part by concerns over transportation, the environment, and infrastructure,” said Colonel Brian Lauritzen, the installation’s commander, who emphasized that transportation has been a key factor in the Army’s work to date. “At this early stage of the process the Army has benefited enormously from the input we have received from local elected officials, particularly on the transportation question. We look forward to collaborating closely with our partners in Fairfax and Prince William Counties, as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Colonel Lauritzen added.

The Army has determined that the input is sufficient to begin the next phase of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. During this phase, the environmental impact of the alternatives submitted by the planners will be analyzed. An integral part of this analysis will be the assessment of the impacts to current and planned transportation infrastructure The Army will prepare a draft EIS and make this available to the public for comment early next year.

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