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Civil Engineers break ground for new complex

Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant General, far left; Maj. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, Commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard; Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, Commander of the 108th Wing; an official from Puente Construction; and Lt. Col Paul E. Novello, Commander of the 108th Wing, break ground for the new CE complex on Dec. 21 here at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Knox, 108th Wing Public Affairs Office.

Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant General, far left; Maj. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, Commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard; Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, Commander of the 108th Wing; an official from Puente Construction; and Lt. Col Paul E. Novello, Commander of the 108th Wing, break ground for the new CE complex on Dec. 21 here at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Knox, 108th Wing Public Affairs Office.

December 21, 2010 -- With white hard hats and silver shovels, the 108th Wing held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday Dec. 21 here to commemorate the construction of the 108th Wing Base Civil Engineer Complex on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

In attendance for the event was Army Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant General of New Jersey; Air Force Maj. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, the Commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard; Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, the Commander of the 108th Wing; Air Force Col. Gina Grosso, Commander of the 87th Air Base Wing; delegates from Senator Robert Menendez' office, Ms. Scarlett Rajski and Mr. Richard Locklear, and other distinguish visitors.

After thanking everyone in attendance, both Rieth and Cunniff told all in attendance that this was a long and overdue project and a most deserved one for the 108th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Lt. Col. Paul E. Novello, commander of the 108th CES, also thanked everyone attending the ceremony and stated how he has been waiting for this new complex since his enlistment into the 108th Wing back in the '80s.

After having won the Major General Robert H. Curtin Award for the Air Force Outstanding Civil Engineer Unit Award in 2008 and then deploying to the Middle East from December 2009 through June 2010, there is no more deserving group of Airmen, said Novello about the new complex.

The $5.9 million project will replace the 108th CES' current facilities, which include four World War II temporary wood frame structures.

The 108th Wing Base CEC will support daily activities associated with maintaining/repairing base infrastructure and facilities for the 108th Wing, as well as the 108th CES' mobility and readiness requirements.

The contract for this project was awarded to Puente Construction, who is located in Woodbury, N.J., and is expected to take approximately 18 months for completion and be operational by April 30, 2012.

After the ceremony, the official party and distinguished visitors were invited to a post reception of food and refreshments at the 108th CES classroom.