One Step Closer: The New Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
As part of the US-wide Base Relocation and Closure mandated by the Department of Defense (DoD), construction on the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is now more than 50% complete. On December 11th, the project team, contractors, military personnel and government employees celebrated the topping-out of the steel-frame—marking the construction halfway point. Those in attendance were encouraged to sign the 1,400-pound beam, which was fitted with an American flag and topped with an evergreen tree (to symbolize growth and bring luck) before it was hoisted atop the 7th story of the hospital’s central building.
During the ceremony COL Charles Callahan remarked proudly that the “Fort Belvoir Community Hospital will blaze new frontiers in many different ways.” Due to open in the spring of 2011, this “environmentally friendly” hospital, exceeding more than one million square feet in size, is part of the largest investment that the DoD has ever made in hospital construction. XIO was honored to have witnessed this momentous occasion and excited to see all that the future Fort Belvoir Community Hospital will deliver.
Click here to read more about this remarkable new facility.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
XIO Announces Two Key Appointments
On January 1st, XIO welcomed Mr. Gary Moore as XIO’s new Executive Vice President. Moore previously served as the Director of Logistics for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he created the Logistics Response Center, an operations center that manages all logistics issues and tracking resources during a disaster.
And on January 20th, XIO announced that Ret. Army Major General Charlie Fletcher
, the Director of Mobility and Logistics Command & Control within Advanced Global Services & Support in Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, has joined the company’s Board of Advisors. In his position at Boeing, Fletcher is responsible for establishing the company’s capability to fuse logistics information from factory to user for both military and commercial customers worldwide. He also serves as a NATO Senior Mentor, working directly with the NATO staff and senior leaders to improve logistics preparedness.
RFID in Defense Wrap-Up
On Dec 15th, XIO Strategies was the Premier sponsor of the virtual event RFID in Defense, hosted by RFID Journal. The event provided a venue for the more than 400 registrants to hear from subject matter experts about the advancement of RFID within the DoD and the many deployment programs designed to improve support to the warfighter. A distinguished list of speakers came together to share the status of current projects, considerations in selecting the right RFID equipment, and the benefits DoD is achieving today across the supply chain. XIO President & CEO Mary Ann Wagner provided insight on the progress being made in several RFID deployments, noting that DoD is beginning to achieve a worldwide view of specific, high-value assets and has demonstrated significant operational savings.
To read the new Defense Transportation Journal article about the event, click here.
Joe Torsani Receives NDTA’s President’s Award
XIO’s own Joe Torsani was honored with the National Defense Transportation Association’s (NDTA) President’s Award for his efforts in helping to solve major issues confronting the transportation/ distribution community. Joe has served as the Chairman of the NDTA’s Council of Regional Presidents for 19 years, and has held a variety of other offices within the organization as well. With more than 40 years of experience in logistics management in both the military and commercial fields, Joe serves as a mentor to all – from students to CEOs – and for many people is the face of NDTA. Our heartfelt congratulations and thanks!