Congressmen, Army Officials Break Ground on State-of-the-Art R&D Hangar

April 17, 2014

New $42-million hangar will improve the U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC's ability to research, develop, engineer, test and evaluate communications-electronics systems for Army aviation vehicles.


Congressional representatives from New Jersey, U.S. Army senior executive service members and other military officials gathered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of a future Army research and development aircraft hangar April 11.

New Jersey fourth district Rep. Chris Smith and third district Rep. Jon Runyan joined leaders from the Army’s research and development community and the Army Corps of Engineers for a symbolic “first dig” at the hangar site slated for completion January 2016. The Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center, or RDECOM CERDEC, hosted the event.

Pennsylvania-based Bedwell Company was awarded a $42 million contract for the 107,000 square foot facilities construction overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-New York District.

The new hangar and immediate surrounding area will include high-bay and low-bay aircraft hangars, aircraft-component maintenance shops, administrative facilities, a fixed-wing taxiway and a rotary-wing landing pad, said Henry Muller, CERDEC Intelligence and Information Warfare director.

Located on the only tri-service joint base in the country, the CERDEC I2WD Flight Activity will continue to support government agencies, academic institutions or industry partners with valid Defense Department missions.

The space has “joint military-use potential” meaning that other Defense Department organizations could potentially use the hangar, said Charles V. Maraldo, CERDEC I2WD Flight Activity director.

The hangar will support the mission advancement of the CERDEC I2WD Flight Activity, which provides end-to-end aviation support for emerging C4ISR technologies, quick reaction capabilities to units, and post-production aircraft modifications for program executive offices and project managers, said Maraldo.

“At RDECOM we are all about helping a guy or gal on point in the middle of nowhere, execute their mission and come home safely, and that’s what we do every day putting new capabilities in the hands of Soldiers,” said Dale Ormond, RDECOM director.

CERDEC is part of RDECOM, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness — technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment — to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.

For more information about CERDEC and the CERDEC Flight Activity hangar read the full article here or contact the CERDEC Corporate and Public Communication Office at 443-861-7566, or usarmy.apg.cerdec.mail.cerdec(at)mail(dot)com.

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