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Building prep on track for $3.5 million equipment suite installation for 103rd AOG

Master Sgt. Daniel M. Hughes and Master Sgt. Benjamin Abbot, of the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group’s Air Operations Squadron, help stage pallets of unassembled furniture in their new building on base April 5, 2010. The furniture will support a $3.5 million equipment suite that will enable the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group to achieve its initial operational capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Bryon Turner)

Master Sgt. Daniel M. Hughes and Master Sgt. Benjamin Abbot, of the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group’s Air Operations Squadron, help stage pallets of unassembled furniture in their new building on base April 5, 2010. The furniture will support a $3.5 million equipment suite that will enable the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group to achieve its initial operational capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Bryon Turner)

Staff Sgt. Paul W. Westcott and Senior Airman Sean M. Vaclavik, both of the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group’s Air Communications Squadron, move a pallet of unassembled furniture from the base supply warehouse to their new location on base April 5, 2010. The move is part of the ongoing efforts to prepare the unit to accept and support the installation of a 3.5 million equipment suite that will enable the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group to achieve its initial operational capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Bryon Turner)

Staff Sgt. Paul W. Westcott and Senior Airman Sean M. Vaclavik, both of the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group’s Air Communications Squadron, move a pallet of unassembled furniture from the base supply warehouse to their new location on base April 5, 2010. The move is part of the ongoing efforts to prepare the unit to accept and support the installation of a 3.5 million equipment suite that will enable the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group to achieve its initial operational capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Bryon Turner)

BRADLEY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, East Granby, Conn. -- Significant progress was made in the wake of a four-day site survey completed here Feb. 5, 2010, to determine the Connecticut Air National Guard's level of readiness to accept and support the installation of a $3.5 million equipment suite that will enable the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group to achieve its initial operational capability.

The survey team provided a detailed assessment of the temporary facilities and infrastructure earmarked to receive and eventually house the equipment, and provided a list of milestones that needed to be accomplished no later than April 26, 2010.

"It was clear that we had a lengthy list of things we needed to accomplish in short order," said Lt. Col. John Warren, commander, 103rd Air Communications Squadron. "The teamwork we saw on base to make this endeavor a success has been excellent."

Members of 103rd Mission Support Group continue to play a critical role in getting Bradley ready for the installation team, whose visit begins in May of this year. Stakeholders from the 103rd MSG have provided expertise in communications, engineering, security, contracting and logistics.

"Our folks have worked hard to get us ready," said Warren.

"We're all looking forward to the installation."