FORT BENNING, Ga. (WTVM) - More than 300 vehicles will arrive at Fort Benning, Ga. beginning Monday, Feb. 7, representing the first of three shipments from the Army Reserve's 81st Regional Support Command's 43rd Equipment Concentration Site to arrive here as the unit relocates nearly 1,350 vehicles from Fort Gillem, Ga. to Fort Benning as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's decision to close Fort Gillem, Ga. Located in Forest Park, Ga., on the southeast edge of Atlanta, Fort Gillem was home to many different supply and support units since 1941.
By July, more than 1,275 line haul trucks ¯ slightly more than Fort Knox expects to dispatch for the Armor School's relocation to Fort Benning ¯ will deliver the command's rolling stock, including cargo trucks, trailers, construction equipment, and High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles or Humvees, from Fort Gillem to temporary storage sites at Fort Benning until construction of new state-of-the-art facilities including a 50,000 square foot maintenance facility and 150,000 square foot high bay storage warehouse at Harmony Church is completed sometime in late summer 2011.
The 43rd ECS supports seven southeastern states and 120 different units including Army Reserve units with vehicles and more than 5,000 different types of equipment and supplies military units use to perform their missions. If required, the 43rd ECS has the capability to maintain up to 4,500 vehicles.
A new Armed Forces Reserve Center is currently under construction adjacent to the 43rd ECS site on Harmony Church. The AFRC will support more than 540 Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and Civilians. U.S. Army Reserve units currently located on Fort Benning along with the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Columbus, Ga. will relocate to the ARFC in September, a result of the 2005 BRAC initiative to consolidate Reserve Centers across the United States.
Army Reserve units maintain about 60 percent of their fleet at their home station and may turn in up to 40 percent of their fleet for maintenance repairs to equipment concentration sites like the 43rd ECS.
Along with the equipment move, 101 employees from the 43rd ECS will also relocate to Fort Benning, Ga. About 22 employees have arrived to the post since January 31, 2011. The remaining personnel are scheduled to arrive mid-July when the command's move is expected to be complete.