Fort Benning’s newly renovated headquarters building will be dedicated at 8 a.m. Friday. The building will be named McGinnis-Wickham Hall for two Medal of Honor recipients, Spc. Ross A. McGinnis and Cpl. Jerry W. Wickham.
McGinnis was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. He trained to be an Infantry Soldier at Fort Benning with the 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade.
Wickham was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions near Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam, in 1968. He trained to be an Armored Cavalry Soldier at Fort Knox, Ky.
The building was first officially dedicated in June 1964. A contract to renovate the building was awarded in 2008, and phase I of the $155 million overhaul is now complete. Phase II, scheduled for completion in Spring 2012, will complete the restoration of the building’s east and west wings.
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The new headquarters building was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standards and incorporates sustainability and “green” measures into both its design and construction. By weight, 90 percent of the items removed during the renovation, to include glass, concrete, steel, doors and aluminum, were recycled. Larger windows will take advantage of natural lighting and reduce energy consumption.
In August, nearly 550 personnel returned to the building. When Phase II is complete, more than 800 employees and students will occupy the building daily.