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P2E Leads IT Infrastructure Modernization at USAREUR

By P2E Public Affairs

Ribbon cutting ceremony Mar. 14 at the new General John Shalikashvili Mission Command Center, Weisbaden, Germany.

Under the leadership of Product Manager (PM) LTC Mollie A. Pearson and Deputy PM Art Olson, the Power Projection Enablers (P2E) team recently completed a world class $19.7 million IT project with Blackbox Network Services at U.S. Army Europe’s (USAREUR) Mission Command Center (MCC) in Wiesbaden, Germany. The center, also known as the “Shali Center”, was named in honor of the late General John Shalikashvili, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The center was relocated from the former USAREUR headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, to Wiesbaden in a move designed to increase operating efficiencies, which will result in millions of dollars in cost benefits to USAREUR as the Army’s footprint in Germany is consolidated.

The MCC facility is a 285,000 square-foot building with over 1,300 workstations and a Combined Operations Intelligence Center (COIC) equipped with a Visual Display Wall (VisWall) comprised of 48, 70-inch flat panel monitors providing theater-size viewing to 130 individual workstations arranged in amphitheater fashion. The scope of the project required the installation of NIPR/SIPR data switches, VTC suites, a satellite TV system, and a global broadcast system.

The Shalikashvili Center interior
The MCC project executed a build out of five separate data networks, extensive VTC and a Theater-wide core VoIP solution. Commander’s VTC Room overlooking the COIC, Mission Command Center, Weisbaden, Germany.

Unclassified VoIP service has been available since February, and the first theater status update from the MCC was conducted in March by the USAREUR Deputy Commanding General and the Deputy Chief of Staff, G3, with units in Belgium, Germany, and Italy.

P2E continues to deliver capabilities for a globally connected Army, providing the full spectrum of network and information services so that Soldiers, commands and supporting organizations can access, process and act upon information, anytime, anywhere.

Posted July 10, 2013