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319th CS opens newly renovated building

319th Air Base Wing leadership cut the ribbon on the newly-renovated 319th Communications Squadron headquarters building Sept. 8, 2016, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The renovations updated the facilities to ensure the mission can be completed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

319th Air Base Wing leadership cut the ribbon on the newly-renovated 319th Communications Squadron headquarters building Sept. 8, 2016, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The renovations updated the facilities to ensure the mission can be completed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

After nearly two years of renovations, the 319th Communications Squadron reopened their headquarters building here Sept. 8, 2016.

According to Tech. Sgt. Timothy Damar, 319th CS section chief, the renovations updated more than 50,000 square feet of production work centers and office spaces. The renovations ensured the facility is in compliance with all building construction, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and anti-terrorism guidelines.

Damar believes the renovations will have a large impact on the 319 CS.

“The renovations have provided the 319 CS with a facility that best meets the squadron mission statement of, ‘to conduct cyber network operations and provide command, control, communication and computer services to enable worldwide command and control and air operations across the globe,’” said Damar.

The renovations began November 2014 and were handled by the 319th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 319th Contracting Flight. 

Maj. Thomas Moore, 319th CS commander, said the 319 CS Airmen went “all in” during the move back into the building to make the transition quick and seamless as possible.

Moore recognized the difficulties of having the 319 CS Airmen spread out throughout the base and is grateful to have the squadron back in one building.

“Having them within the same building has enabled me to get to know them a lot quicker as compared to my first two months on the job,” said Moore.

 

Moore also delighted in the fact that being back in the headquarters building allows the squadron to hold morale events for Airmen and their families.

 

Moore acknowledged the hard work and dedication required to complete these renovations by thanking Airmen from the 319th CS, 319th CES and 319th CF.