Commission votes to move Army office to Fort Greely

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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The main offices for the Army's Cold Regions Test Center would be returned to Fort Greely in Alaska's Interior under a plan approved Wednesday by a commission reviewing proposed base closings and realignments.

The move is fairly minor, involving relocating five workers from Fort Wainwright, located about 100 miles northwest of Fort Greely, which is far closer to the actual testing grounds.

''It's a positive,'' said Lt. Col. George Bond, the center's commander. ''The headquarters needs to be located with the rest of the center. It would cut down on commutes and make for a more efficient center and work situation.''

Established in 1949 as the Arctic Test Branch, the center has access to more than 670,000 acres of ranges and controlled airspace to test equipment and operations for soldiers working in harsh conditions, officials said.

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