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P2E Takes on MCF Phase 2

By Ms. Brittney M. Brown, Strategic Communications, P2E

A graphic rendering of the new USARPAC MCF.
A graphic rendering of the new USARPAC MCF.

Power Project Enablers (P2E) has kicked-off the new fiscal year by increasing its commitment to Army readiness. Throughout the year, P2E will tackle a multitude of projects that will render top-notch IT infrastructure and network modernization to Army units around the world. One of P2E’s fiscal year 2018 priorities is the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) Mission Command Facility (MCF) Phase 2, a venture that will provide USARPAC with classified and unclassified IT capabilities throughout their new command facility on Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

MCF Phase 2 is an increment of USARPAC’s overall plan to replace its current command facility, which was originally built for temporary use in 1944. The new MCF will also house the four-star headquarters, currently located at Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle. Mr. Ki Ho Kim, Pacific integrated project team leader, P2E, says the new IT capabilities will allow USARPAC to perform command and control exercises with joint partners in the Pacific and increase U.S.-coalition interoperability. “Upon completion, this project will become the model for modernizing U.S. military command centers worldwide,” said Mr. Kim.

P2E’s execution of MCF Phase 2 began after the project’s kickoff in August. P2E, in conjunction with USARPAC G-6, hosted the kick-off as an information exchange between the 311th Signal Command (Theater) and the MCF Phase 2 integrator. LTC Gregory S. Soulé, product manager, P2E, says effective communication between stakeholders, project managers and integrators in the early stages of a project is key for successful execution. “Any communication gap between stakeholder needs and the interpretation of those needs can be costly from both a budgeting and readiness perspective,” said LTC Soulé. “Much of P2E’s success is a direct result of engaged stakeholders, and our ability to keep the lines of communication open with our integrators.”

P2E expects to execute MCF Phase 2 within a two-year period of performance. The project’s finished products will include turn-key solutions to the facility’s local area network, campus area network, wide area network, voice over internet protocol, voice over secret internet protocol and video teleconference capabilities. Following implementation, the USARPAC and 311th Signal Command staffs will receive training on the use of the systems.

“P2E looks forward to providing the four-star headquarters with state-of-the-art capabilities that will support thousands of Soldiers,” said Mr. Kim. “Through MCF Phase 2, we will continue to set an example of successful execution of multi-year, incremental projects.”

Posted September 14, 2017