• MC CoE moves into new digs in old USDB

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Mission Command Center of Excellence Headquarters has moved from building 472 into building 468 of the old U.S. Disciplinary Barracks after a renovation of the building.
    “It really orients all the staff members in one location and really facilitates cross talk,” said Warren Dewey, logistics management specialist for MC CoE. “Before, we were all scattered all over the building so it’s really a collaboration benefit for all of us to come together.”
    Dewey said it allows for a more efficient work environment.
    “Everything is brand new so we have no excuses for not doing great, wonderful work now,” he said.
    Building 468 was originally built in 1878 as a steam boiler plant for the quartermaster depot. It later served for decades as the machine shop for the military prison.
    During a ceremony Nov. 20 outside the newly renovated building, Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, presented awards to seven MC CoE employees. Dewey; Laura Estes, executive assistant to MC CoE Director Maj. Gen. James Mingus; and Neal Kite, information technology chief for MC CoE, were presented the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. Ron Bascue, MC CoE knowledge management officer, and Mary Soltysik, MC CoE executive manager, were presented the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.
    “For their tireless devotion to duty and selfless service in ensuring that the new facilities met organizational requirements in spearheading the effective and rapid transition into the new MC CoE headquarters,” read the award citation.
    Dewey said he felt honored to receive the award.
    “There were so many people that were instrumental in helping. There were so many other folks involved,” Dewey said. “I had no idea how complicated it was to pull everybody together on this installation. At the end of the day, everyone chipped in and got it done, but there are so many other people that will be recognized in the future, too.”
    Amelia Whitaker, electrical engineer and acting project manager for the Department of Public Works, received the CAC Commanding Generals Coin for Excellence.
    “For coordinating all headquarters and Garrison stake holder requirements in the contract of the core of engineer teams,” Corey read. “Ms. Whitaker strived to ensure the facility met the customer’s expectations and an exceptional facility for the new headquarters.”
    Sgt. Erika Satern, noncommissioned officer in charge of the MC CoE S-1, received the MC CoE Certificate of Achievement. Satern said it felt good to receive the award.
    “It’s really great just because it shows that they noticed my hard work,” Satern said.
    Lundy thanked MC CoE staff for the hard work they put into the new building.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I do want to say thanks both to the Garrison and to all the previous MC CoE directors who had a hand in this,” Lundy said. “For a relatively small organization, you guys punch way above your weight and the stuff that you’re doing is changing the Army strategically every day. So, I’m glad you guys are getting a new headquarters.”
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