‘Dauntless’ colors rise to make headquarters move official Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 December 2013
 
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Col. James Reckard III, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Federico Boyce, 4th MEB senior enlisted adviser, pose next to their new “Dauntless” Rock in front of the unit’s newly completed headquarters building after a building occupancy ceremony, Dec. 4.
Story and photo by Sgt. Kelly Malone
Special to GUIDON

The 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade officially moved into their new headquarters Dec. 4.

Col. James Reckard III, 4th MEB commander, was surrounded by many installation leaders and Soldiers of the 4th MEB as he and his senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. Federico Boyce, raised the unit colors to officially take possession of their newly completed headquarters building.  In addition to the guidon being hoisted on the new flagpole during the ceremony, a freshly painted “Dauntless” rock at the entrance was unveiled to commemorate the new home of the “Dauntless” brigade.

The 40,000-square-foot structure was designed specifically for the brigade with construction beginning mid-2011.

“The unit’s engineering section met with and used priorities provided by the entire brigade staff to work with Fort Leonard Wood’s Directorate of Public Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design a unique facility for the 4th MEB’s mission requirements,” said Capt. George Perkinson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th MEB engineering officer.

Previously spread out among several buildings on the installation, staff sections from the brigade began moving into the new building a few weeks ago.

“The opening of this building is a landmark event for the 4th MEB, and it signifies the completion of at least eight years worth of planning,” Reckard said.  “We have to recognize that our nation has granted quite a bit of its treasure — a whole lot of money — to make this building possible.  As a result, our headquarters will have a place that we can be very proud of.  It’s the type of building one only dreams about . . . so it shows the people of the United States care quite a bit about the U.S. Army.  They care about you as a Soldier and all of us as leaders to bestow us with something this grand.”

Reckard closed the ceremony with the following statement to those in  attendance.

“This is our headquarters, and we are going to raise our flag in front of it, and be proud every single day that we enter the new ‘Dauntless’ headquarters,” Reckard said.

(Editor’s note: Malone is a photojournalist assigned to the 4th MEB Public Affairs Office.)

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