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5. Records Administration Branch, Administrative Service Division, Adjutant
General Section. 6. Regional Industrial Security Office, G-2 Section. 7. Post Supply Office, U.S. Army Support Center. 8. Silk screen shop, 5th U.S. Army Recruiting District. 9. Chicago Training Center supply point, USA Military District. 10. Provost Marshal, U.S. Army. 11. Zone 11, U.S. Army Veterinary Food Inspection Service. 12. Engineer Section, storage.
III. OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACTIVITIES 1. U.S. Army Medical Service Meat and Dairy Hygiene School. 2. Chicago District Corps of Engineers. 3. Department of the Navy. 4. Chicago Ordnance District.
Estimated annual savings in station support costs ($1,820-$721)..
---- $1,099,000 Estimated reduction in mission costs of the Food and Container Institute after consolidation of Natick...
198,000 Estimated total annual savings....
--A 1, 297, 000 One-time costs: (a) Relocation of personnel and property --
687,000 (6) Replacement new construction costs for Food and Container Institute (exclusive of $314,000 proposed to provide added facilities).
3, 314,000 (c) Modification costs for relocated activities..
Estimate amortization time B/A (years)..-----------------
1 Data as of fiscal year 1959.
Senator STENNIS. What is the next item, please?
RICHMOND QUARTERMASTER DEPOT, VA. General SEEMAN. The next is the Richmond Quartermaster Depot on page 64. Originally we had requested two items here. However, one has been struck in accordance with our letter to Chairman Russell on the 30th of March. There remains one item for the conversion of warehouse 32 to administrative space for $478,000. During the time we were preparing our program, Mr. Chairman, the Quartermaster was assigned a responsibility by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for single manager of general supply. They studied their organization and selected the Richmond Quartermaster Depot as the most feasible place to do that.
This item is required to provide facilities for the approximately 800 of the overall 1,200 personnel of the Executive Director of the Military General Supply Agency which was established at Richmond Quartermaster Depot, effective January 1, 1960, by General Order 45, December 28, 1959. This installation was selected as the most favorable location among those available.
Current requirements will be provided through the use of limited existing facilities and a minor new construction project which will provide for the most urgently required facilities. Present administrative facilities are utilized to capacity and additional facilities are essential to provide for personnel to staff the Executive Director's Office, procurement inspection and quality control, cataloging and standardization and simplification function.
Senator STENNIS. All right, you want to convert a warehouse over to administrative? General SEEMAN. To administrative space, sir. Senator STENNIS. Next item?
SHARPE GENERAL DEPOT, CALIF. General SEEMAN. The next installation is Sharpe General Depot, Calif. The mission of this depot is receipt, storage, and distribution of quartermaster, engineer, medical, and transportation supplies and equipment. Distribution is within the 6th U.S. Army area and to Pacific and oversea areas. Only one line item is requested for an aircraft paint shop for $218,000.
This item is required for painting of aircraft and their larger components. The work is a part of the fourth echelon aircraft field maintenance activity (repair and modification of assemblies, components, and end items for return to using organizations, or to maintenance float stock), which is a permanent mission of Sharpe General Depot with respect to all Active Army, National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve aircraft in the 6th Army Area. A total of 385 aircraft of all types (observation, utility, command, training, and cargo, both fixed wing and helicopter) now depend upon this depot for fourth echelon field maintenance support. One hundred and sixty-four of these aircraft are based upon a 6th Army third echelon maintenance activity located at Fort Lewis, Wash., for minor repairs. A portion of the fourth echelon maintenance responsibility for the aircraft at Fort Lewis is discharged by Sharpe General Depot by means of an 11-man team stationed at Fort Lewis. The scope of fourth echelon maintenance at Fort Lewis is limited by the capabilities of available
aint shova areas. Within the transportation
resources and does not include complete painting. When the proposed paint shop is available, these aircraft will be evacuated to Sharpe General Depot for painting. The Sharpe General Depot aircraft maintenance activity is temporarily located in facilities at the Stockton Municipal Airport which are leased to the Army. These facilities, which do not include an aircraft paint shop, will be vacated when Government-owned airstrip, hangar, and repair shop facilities (now under construction and scheduled for completion in 1960) are available on the Lathrop Reservation of Sharpe General Depot. If the proposed paint shop is constructed, and aircraft can be painted while at the depot for repairs and/or modification, the annual saving on painting (an average of 63 aircraft per year) is estimated at $40,000. The average unit cost for contract painting (including $281 for transportation) is $1,349. Estimated unit cost for painting in the proposed paint shop (labor, material, operation and maintenance of facility) is $7713. High aircraft transportation cost is due to dispersed locations of commercial facilities in the area, requiring travel up to 400 miles.
It is an item very similar to what was mentioned at Atlanta General Depot, to improve our capability in the repair and maintenance of aircraft. This small aircraft paint shop will amortize itself according to our estimated savings in about 5 years. They are now using facilities that require breaking down their assembly line and moving the aircraft various places, and they get into transfer costs.
Senator STENNIS. You mean the actual painting of the aircraft itself?
General SEEMAN. Yes, Sharpe General Depot has a fourth echelon maintenance responsibility.
ARMY CHEMICAL CENTER, MD. We will now take up the Army Chemical Corps installations. The first of these is Army Chemical Center, Md. The basic mission of the center is research and development in the fields of chemical and radiological warfare, radiological defense, the conduct of medical research, and manufacture of chemical warfare material and protective devices. There are two line items being requested with a total of $843,000.
The first line item is for a post signal building in the amount of $430,000.
Army Chemical Center is not the normal class II installation; signal services must be furnished not only to all normal post activities, but to the Chemical Corps Materiel Command and Chemical Corps Engineering Command, both operating at staff elements of the Chemical Corps, and several non-Chemical Corps activities, including NIKE groups. Existing communications facilities occupy 12,681 square feet in four widely separated buildings built in 1918 two of which are 1.5 miles from Signal Center. Humidity control and air conditioning essential to efficient operation of signal equipment cannot be maintained in these buildings. Present plant capacity is 2,000 circuits; equipment is being operated at 92 percent of capacity (88 percent is considered critical by Signal Corps). Seventy-five requests for service cannot be filled; 200 more circuits are required to relieve overload
and provide requested service. Existing main exchange is housed in toxic warehouse and plants area, 40 feet from white phosphorous production plant, creating hazard to personnel and equipment. Siting of proposed facility outside manufacturing area eliminates this hazard and geographically centralizes cable distribution.
Senator STENNIS. What is the Signal building? Does that have to do with flight?
General SEEMAN. No, that Signal building's for the telephone exchange to bring together and provide for an increased capability in their telephone service. They are now working in four scattered buildings, some of which were built in 1918, from a mile and a half or farther apart.
Senator STENNIS. Next item?
General SEEMAN. The second line item is for a 450-seat chapel at an estimated cost of $413,000.
This project is required to provide permanent type religious facilities of sufficient size to accommodate assigned personnel and their dependents. Existing facilities consist of a semipermanent type, 250seat chapel only, to accommodate the average 650 Sunday attendance; to meet this situation, it is necessary to hold one Protestant service and three Catholic masses, one of the masses being conducted in the post theater while chapel is being used for Protestant service. There are no existing religious educational facilities, constructed as such, to accommodate the Sunday School services, which have an average attendance of 300, with the result that both these services, and the church social functions are now being held in a separate mobilization type building. Expansion of the existing chapel is not considered feasible since it is not a permanent structure. Both existing facilities will be demolished upon completion of proposed project.
FORT DETRICK, MD. The next installation is Fort Detrick, Md. Its mission is research and development in all phases of biological warfare. Only one line item is being requested here, a biomathematical science building for $334,000. This is to provide expansion of an existing function to provide adequate support to the above-mentioned mission.
Advanced design electronic computer equipment is on order and scheduled for delivery to Fort Detrick in February 1960. Existing equipment provides mathematical support to approximately 50 percent of current research tasks in biological warfare R. & D. program. This equipment is used in design of biological warfare experiments by which the greatest possible yield of reliable data may be gained, and to analyze and evaluate that data. Existing equipment and personnel performing the function are occupying space in an overcrowded laboratory which also houses Physical Sciences Division, Chemistry Branch, Biophysical Research Branch, and Pathology Division. While the Mathematics Division operates in direct support of all biological ware R. & D. activities at this station, including those with whiel housed, it should not occupy this premium laboratory space
ver, there is no other space available to facilitate the pro
matical support. This proposed facility
pace to accommodate the equipment, operators, programers, and scientific and engineering personnel engaged in this activity. Experience has proven that it is not feasible to perform this direct support service away from the R. & D. functions which it supports.
Senator STENNIS. That must be a large installation you have up there, $67 million. All right, next item?
DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, UTAH General SEEMAN. The next installation is Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The mission here is the large scale field testing and evaluation of items developed by the Chemical Corps in the field of chemical, biological, and radiological warfare; research and development in micrometeorology for the U.S. Army. Only one line item is being requested, namely, an addition to NCO open mess for $87,000.
Due to the isolation of Dugway Proving Ground (approximately 90 miles from Salt Lake City), the requirements for NCO open mess are substantially greater than those provided under Army regulations. In addition to the top three grades of NCO's, the lower grade married NCO's and civilian employees residing on post are afforded membership. Current membership is 354 (280 military and 74 civilians). This open mess provides the only facility of its kind for recreational and social gatherings for the NCO's and many of the civilian employees. Part of a plywood prefab (412 square feet) has been set adjacent to the existing building for unheated storage space. This added structure is unsightly and does not conform to fire regulations. This prefab is scheduled for disposal upon provision of the proper addition. Every effort is made to provide adequate facilities at this isolated station for the activities contributing to maintenance of high morale of both military and civilian personnel.
Senator STENNIS. This is far out in the country.
General SEEMAN. We will now go on to the Signal Corps.
FORT HUACHUCA, ARIZ. The first installation is Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The mission here is to perform technical and engineering tests and evaluation of communication and and electronic systems and equipment.
Three line items are being requested for this station with a total of $415,000 and in addition 100 units of Capehart family quarters.
The first line item is for two environmental test buildings in the amount of $204,000. These buildings will support a relatively new R. & D. project and will serve as a nerve center for 79 mobile units in support and service.
The item requested is one of the basic needs for U.S. Army electronic environmental test facility. These buildings are required for testing and limited maintenance of electronic instrumentation equipment. They will also be utilized for receipt, storage, and issue of re