CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- The $11.6 million complex under construction at Letterkenny Army Depot will make the depot a "one-stop shop for (the) Patriot" surface-to-air missile system, Col. Steven Shapiro said.
Shapiro described the planned Missile Monitoring and Certification Buildings as a missile storage and maintenance facility without a comparable facility elsewhere in the country under the U.S. Department of Defense.
"This culminates a labor of love since the 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure)," said Shapiro, the depot's commander.
He joined Brig. Gen. Genaro J. Dellarocco in breaking ground Wednesday afternoon at the site of the two planned buildings totaling 40,000 square feet in the depot's munitions area. The buildings will be constructed by Lobar Inc. in a manner that will contain any blast mishap, according to depot officials.
"This Patriot missile is a very complex piece of equipment," Shapiro said, jokingly adding that it's much more complicated than a cannonball.